Dear Reading Friends, thanks for joining us for my author reflection today, “5 Effective Christian Concepts to Reach People” for Christ. Passing by people doesn’t help them. And if we don’t stop to visit with people–following God’s lead—we’ll never be able to contribute to their healing. A big lesson in my own life has been to allow God to interrupt my plans. As self-centered as I can be, boy, do I need to be interrupted! And when I move as He urges me toward a hurting soul, something supernatural happens. When we obey, we may just help bring someone to Christ through it all!
Striving to share God’s love with others in a concise and intentional way has been a big part of my life the last few years. We may think that sharing Christ’s gospel message directly is just for “Super Christians,” or just for the pastors of our church, but that’s not true. Did you read my past short story, “Someone to Share?” I made a number of specific points in that story that I’d like to review now. If you’re looking for inspiration to be more natural and effective when it comes to sharing Christ with strangers, let’s pray together that God will develop each of us into just that—an effective Christian for the hurting souls around us.
Five Effective Christian Concepts:
1. Being self-conscious will hold you back. It did me. I found the biggest hurdle at sharing the gospel was SELF. Pride loves to insert itself into our witnessing. Even as the Holy Spirit is prompting us to speak up, we are filled with fear. This is an area of our lives we must trust that we’ve died to. The concern for spiritually dead souls must be more important than our own fading glory in this world.
2. The heart is more important than the body. Like in the short story, we must look past the dangers our fleshly body may face, and speak plainly to the heart of the person in need. While witnessing, we may possibly be threatened or ridiculed, maybe even attacked. But what’s the worst that could happen? God may welcome us into His presence sooner than we expected. We just need to focus on His will—sharing the promise of new life with those who are worn out from sin and loss.
3. Believers should work in tandem. I have a friend who is a builder, and an expert at linking house-building with spiritual principles. When I meet a needy person who needs someone with a similar mindset to talk to them about Christ, I take them to my builder friend. I know for certain my friend will speak straight to that man’s heart, and he’ll do it with care and intention. Though we need to be ready to share the gospel ourselves in our own way, having praying friends and dependable witnessing partners is one way we can share in the rewards of the kingdom. What a joy it is to know you were instrumental when another soul receives the gift of life!
4. Christians should anticipate God’s interruptions. Sometimes when I’m out exercising, God prompts me to notice someone who’s lonely or in need of help. My flesh tells me, “No, this is your time to be alone.” But Christ in me whispers, “This is the moment you’ve been praying for—to be effective for Me. Go to that person. Talk about anything to find commonality, then show that person that I Am the answer!“
Jesus Himself was often interrupted. For example, He was on His way to heal someone, when the woman with the issue of blood interrupted His day. Jesus immediately stopped to respond to her, and taught us a lesson as well.
5. Pain is not mightier than God. Like concept number 2, sometimes we are so fearful of suffering, or leaving our place of comfort, we set God on the shelf as if He is a weak God. Most likely, if we share Christ in America, we won’t be shot at, or even punched or slapped. But even if we are, or if it’s a possibility, God will still use it. Everything that happens in the life of a Christian will lead to the good, remember? Trusting God isn’t only for the good times. Living for Christ will become more difficult in these Last Days. But He is still trustworthy and the things that matter most (eternal souls) are firmly in the palm of His hand.
As I review these 5 effective concepts myself, it makes me want to step out this afternoon and see who God directs me to, what people I can reach for Him. How about you? Let me know if this was helpful. After all, we are witnessing partners, aren’t we?
See you in the field!
COMING UP: Join us MONDAY for David’s short story, “Falling to Pray.” And next WEDNESDAY, David connects his novel, Sea Scribe, to today’s Christian sailors carrying on with a special tradition that began in the New Testament. The post is called “Sea Scribe Honors a Community of Sailors.“