Whenever we hear of our loved ones or friends, hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation that they received, we rejoice with great jubilation! Sharing the Gospel should be a second nature in the lives of Christians.
But many of us ar afraid of not knowing how to raise the issue of the gospel in the first place? We rationalize, “My fears are justified,” “I’m not good at answering questions,” and “I never know where to start. Fear is real, isn’t it?
Our feelings of faithlessness then make us feel ashamed and guilty. Finally, our feelings of guilt feed our fears and close our mouths and never even start talking about the Lord. Fear is a vicious cycle.
We thank God for testimonies of faith. How relatives responded to the salvation that Jesus give. How grand old parents responded to His grace.
We thank God for mobilising our members to step into the surrounding community of Kembangan. How we are able to be a testimony in corners of the HDB flats.
When we’re led by the Spirit and step out in faith to spread the Word about what Jesus has done for us on the cross, our fears are silenced, and our joy in the gospel increases.
Every time we think about evangelism we always start with God—who he is, what he has done, and what he will do—and we starve our fears.
All of us are strategically place in homes, offices, schools and colleges. Strategic because these places are accessible to only certain people. God has designed our lives as part of that plan.
So, how do we raise the issue of the gospel in our daily lives? God has already raised the issue in your friends’ lives because they know you. God has so ordered the cosmos so that your friend made in his image might have an opportunity to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ through his ambassador.
Not sure where to start? Starve all of the lies that feed your fears about evangelism. When you don’t know where to start in a conversation, remember who God is, what he has done, and what he will do.
So when you’re living the everyday life God has designed for you and he crosses your path with someone, ask him to help you start with a word that leads to all the other words: Hi.
Elder Andrew Lim