“Your life might be the only Bible some people read.”
Through lengthy Google searches I could not find the author of this quote, but whoever said it was spot on. As Christians, we know we are called to share the Good news of Jesus Christ with everyone. In Matthew 28 Jesus gives His disciples and all his followers “The Great Commission”. To go and spread the Gospel to all peoples in all nations.
But how do we do this?
Now there are many approaches to this, and please don’t think the approaches I list are the only choices, because, I believe the Holy Spirit can intervene at any time and speak into someone’s life, these are just approaches I have seen work in my own life.
First, if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and identify as being a Christian, we should live in a way that displays this decision and commitment. A good way to determine this is by looking at our lives and seeing what kind of spiritual fruit we are producing.
We should live in a way that displays Christ as our Lord.
In Galatians 5, we find the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we want our lives to look as much like Jesus as we can (which should be our ultimate goal) then when we look at our lives and our actions, these should be the characteristics we use to describe them.
Here’s a challenge for you, if you really want to know what kind of fruit your life is producing, ask someone who is close to you and involved in your life day to day what words they would use to describe the way your live your life.
Back to the quote I started this blog with. If you are wanting to share Jesus with someone, make sure you are living your life in an authentic way that will point them to Jesus without even saying a word. One of the biggest reasons people are turned off from a relationship with Christ is because of the way they see people who claim to be Christians living their lives. If you are going to claim to know Christ, and follow Him, live your life in a way that others will recognize that.
Sooner or later people are going to notice there is something different about you. Maybe it is the way you handle a tough situation with joy and peace, or a way you forgive someone who did something awful to you. The decisions you make on Friday and Saturday night are crucial in this process. Sunday morning is the easy decision, but who are you going to represent the two days before?
This radical living for Christ will be noticed, and people will ask you, why do you do that, or why weren’t you at that party last weekend and BOOM, YOU’RE IN. They have just opened the door for you to share the Gospel with them; to tell them the incredible story of Jesus Christ.
How He came to earth and lived a perfect life, something we are completely incapable of doing. Because He LOVED us so much, He died in our place, sacrificed on the cross, so that we would be seen faultless and blameless to God. Three days later He rose from the dead, leaving the tomb empty, and ascending to Heaven, giving us the opportunity to one day do the same.
Let them know they are loved, they are cherished, there is a God that is bigger than their problems, and their struggles and He wants to give them hope, and joy in their life; not happiness dependent on circumstances, but joy found only in Christ.
“Your life might be the only Bible some people read.”
Are you living it that way?
Spreading faith to others is hard. There are so many times we want people to just accept it and believe what we do, but it’s not always that simple. As a matter of fact, it’s not simple at all. The least troublesome way to witness to others, in my humble opinion, is by your actions. Having actions of authenticity can go a long way in a world that has so much temptation.
Finding authenticity in a superficial world is hard. As I write this I am sitting on a 6 hour bus ride and within 20 minutes I have had many opportunities to choose one or the other.
One being the opportunity to admit I was wrong in a situation that I was confronted in (which is a bitter taste on my tongue); two, reacting positively to a tough loss; and three, asking for forgiveness from a sweet friend who I have seen through the eyes of my own hurt unrightfully.
All could have been handled in different ways: by not taking the blame, by being bitter over something out of my control, or by not admitting I was wrong. Nonetheless, when I thought about it (and I had to really fight my pride in deciding for all three situations), what was the biggest way I could show Christ in my life? What actions could I choose that would be authentic?
It is human instinct to defend yourself. You always want to be right, or at least I do, and it is so hard to react joyfully when your plans don’t go according to what you had hoped.
Authenticity is the act of living and being genuine on a day to day basis; try to be positive, kind, and selfless in a world that tells you to be everything…now that is hard. This aspect of life reminds me of the game of volleyball (and why wouldn’t it when I play it for at least 3 hours every day?).
You see, volleyball is a game of mentality. There can be a team that has great potential, but if nothing is done with the potential the team will fail. You can choose to be mentally engaged in every point, or you can check out and miss a block. Because of this, it is so important to figure out what builds your teammates up or gets them ready to play so that you can compete as one unit consistently. A team cannot win a game unless they are consistent because there are only 25 points to either score or have an error before it’s all over. It’s a game that can end quickly.
People are like the game of volleyball. God has given all of the players great potential. He has given you great potential. But depending on how people are encouraged or discouraged, how *you* are encouraged or discouraged, your potential could develop to great accomplishments or it could shrivel up to something that seems like it was never anything to begin with.
Encouragement is something that can benefit a person in a positive way. Just like a plant gets watered and grows, so do we. There is potential in the seed and with a little bit of light and hope it can grow into something beautiful, but there is a limited time before all the hope is gone.
This is why it is important to act quickly and genuinely.
When witnessing to non-believers, there is a great hope that can grow into something beautiful. However, while it is easy to pour water onto a plant without it resisting, that is not always the case when it comes to witnessing. Many times, there is resistance and it seems like Jesus and the word are being shoved down their throat. That’s where it’s a little difficult.
There needs to be potential in the person (and as I see it, there is potential in everyone), but this is an important step because you have to know the individual well enough to personally see where they can grow and how you can directly encourage them. When we try to jump into the process of impacting another person without taking the time to get to know them is when witnessing becomes pushy.
Once you have a close relationship with the individual and they trust you, then more specific actions and words can be taken and said in directing them towards where we find hope. Once you get to that point though, it’s often hard to have the confidence to take the next step.
We must be bold enough to represent Christ in all we do and say.
If Christ has led you to this point of vulnerability with a person, it’s because He has confidence in you. Keep up your authentic actions and He will lead you through it! You have lived a consistent life not just by acting genuine but by being genuine; having it as a God-given characteristic, embedded in who you are. Find confidence in that.
By keeping a consistent authenticity, we can represent Christ in those relationships where we are not close enough to verbalize God’s love, and we can dig deeper in those relationships that God has blessed us with vulnerability in.
As believers we have this thing called faith. We don’t have to see God to know He is real, we have seen the work in our lives and in others, but we cannot give someone else our faith, that’s not how it works. In order to believe, a person must have faith in the one true God by themselves. We can say it or we can show it, but in the end, we’re just a small stepping stone in God’s master plan.
Let the world see your faith.