This is the 7th post in a series on how to share our faith: Evangelism is at the heart of a healthy church, but it makes people nervous. This series is meant to provide you with simple, easy tools to share your faith.
In a recent article, a well-known church planting leader shared this surprising fact:
“While 79% of unchurched people said they would engage in a faith conversation if asked, only 39% of Christians have shared how to accept Jesus in the past six months. That’s a wide margin by any measure.
This means that over 60% of people are not telling our world about Jesus—even on an annual basis.”
There is one word in that quote, that carries a lot of weight: “If”. “If only… If I had asked… If we had done this, and not that… Then…” It’s the language of regret: “I wish I had made the effort… I wish I started a year ago… If I had, things would be very different, today.” Nothing burns quite like regret.
What is the one thing we can do to avoid the regret the author hints at? Just this: Start a conversation. That’s it. You don’t have to be a particular kind of person – an extrovert or an introvert; a people person, or a person who loves facts and figures. Start a conversation, and as you do – or before you do – do this: Ask the Holy Spirit to be part of the conversation.
If you invite the Holy Spirit to be in the conversation, you will begin to know the person you’re speaking to, a little better: You will listen more carefully, and lovingly. You will notice things you would miss, if God weren’t helping you out.
This will happen, when you ask the Holy Spirit to be part of the conversation: He will “say” something like: “See… Did you see what she did when she said that? Did you hear how she said that word?” When you invite God into the conversation, the person you are speaking to will sense that, on some level, and he will want more.
The author points out that more than 60% of believers don’t tell the world about Jesus, even on an annual basis. Maybe that’s because the job sounds too big, and we don’t quite know what that means, and so we put it off. “Tell the world about Jesus” is not very specific, is it? With what, a megaphone? The most powerful television channel, ever?
It’s much, much simpler: You have many conversations each week – casual, informal conversations, that God could use, if you invited him to be part of them. When you do, you will see that God uses those conversations to engage people he wants to call into his Kingdom.
Start one conversation today. Take notes. Pray. And then start another one, tomorrow. Then repeat. We “tell the world about Jesus” one person at a time, and we can only do this if we invite the Holy Spirit to be part of the conversation every time.