Find evangelism hard? You’re not the only one. Give me a sharing buddy and I’m raring to be let loose on the city – but when a friend brings up the death of a family member, or recommends Fifty Shades of Grey to me, I have no idea what to say. As soon as my mind realises it’s An Actual Gospel-Sharing Opportunity™, my mind decides to do its best impersonation of a deer in the headlights of a 1000 tonne truck.
Part of the fear definitely comes from not knowing what will happen to the friendship, but if I’m honest the biggest fear is not being good enough. What’s the right thing to say? How should I bring up Jesus? Should I come straight out with the gospel or do I need some slick intro first? Greatest of all is the fear that if I stuff the conversation up, my friend won’t take the Gospel seriously and be saved…
Thankfully, the Bible has something incredibly reassuring to say to you! In 2 Corinthians we find Paul telling the Corinthians that:
‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 4 v 4-6).
Feeling better? You might have missed it (I know I did first time). Let’s look at verse 5 again:
‘God…made his light shine in our hearts.’ (v.6).
Not the person who explained the gospel to us. Not the cultural norms around us. God. Whether your friend is hostile or happy towards the good news, guess what? God controls the outcome (not your evangelistic skills). All we need to do is pray and speak, however humbly.
Is this to say we shouldn’t practice or train at evangelism to get better? By no means – the Bible commands us to be ready ‘to give an answer for the hope you have’ (1 Peter 3:15), and training can help us get there. But no matter how much or how little training you do, take a deep breath and rest assured that the weight of salvation isn’t on your shoulders. Someone already took care of that 2000 years ago on the cross for you!
Next time you catch yourself thinking you’re not good enough to share the gospel, tell that deer to get out of the headlights and back on track. If God made the universe from nothing, I’m sure He can use our humble efforts to serve Him too 😉
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Concepts in this article drawn from Rico Tice’s Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When it’s Tough. Available here from Koorong, or your preferred book retailer.