Jesus calls us to make disciples. But is it possible that the lives we lead prevent us from making disciples, no matter what words we are using? It is said that actions speak louder than words and disciple making is no exception to the rule.
What I’d like to do today is to look at five ways we can be light in a dark world and draw people to Jesus. These are practical tips that coupled with the Word and prayer can help us be more effective in our evangelism.
1. Focus on developing a strong relationship with God. As I said in my last post, friendship with God is vital if we are to effectively evangelize. When people ask what God is like, this is where we need to be able to show that we know God personally, that we walk and talk with Him. We should be able to show that He has always been good to us each and every day in a personal way and not just because someone told us that He is good.
2. Eliminate distractions. Many of us are too involved in watching TV to even think about evangelism. It’s not that we don’t want to make disciples; it’s just we get distracted with entertaining ourselves and then get to the end of the day and wish we had more time. It’s time we set aside the time. Jesus is worth it.
3. Always be mindful of the lost’s eternal destiny. We are not promised tomorrow. That guy at the coffee shop or that lady at the library is facing hell as an eternal home. We know that it doesn’t have to be that way. But yet, we are too worried about offending them. We might offend them (although it is possible to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in how to share the gospel) but I’d rather give them an extra chance to make heaven.
4. Don’t live as a hypocrite. When you say you follow Jesus, others will be watching to see if your actions match your words. Don’t disappoint them and if you do disappoint them, be honest and show them that while you’re not perfect, you are growing. They will be drawn to the gospel more by a genuine believer who admits his or her mistakes than by a “perfect” believer who turns out to be a hypocrite.
5. Pray for opportunities to show God’s love. Often the best opportunities occur not in the pulpit but in everyday activities. Hurting people are everywhere; learn to be alert to opportunities to be a minister of hope. Love people and they’ll wonder why you’re doing it. Let them ask the questions and give you the green light to answer.
In the next blog, we will begin to explore the wonderful idea that if we work together, we can accomplish so much more.