How to Share Jesus Naturally-Pray, Walk with Jesus, and Listen to the Holy Spirit
Read the first part of the Series in How to Share Jesus Naturally: Pop the Christian Bubble
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We’re stepping out of the Christian bubble. We’re eager to tell someone about Jesus. What do we do now? We pray, walk with Jesus, and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Wait. Isn’t this how we live out our faith? Yes, that’s the point! Sharing Jesus with others isn’t a big to-do. It’s a natural part of walking with Jesus.
When we see evangelism as a normal part of our faith, it starts to become natural and less intimidating. It’s tempting to consider it an add-on, or an activity for those with super faith and poised charm. But, God invites all of us into the work of telling others the good news about him.
Walk with Jesus
God calls us all in 1 Peter 3:15 to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Do you know what the first sentence of this verse is? “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”
When we revere Christ as Lord, sharing the good news about him is the natural outflow. Yes, it often feels intimidating, but ultimately, we can be assured that God himself is with us as we share (Acts 1:8).
When I read this, I breathe a sigh of relief. No more trying harder. No more “shoulding” on myself. I need to simply walk with Jesus, allow him to mold my heart to the shape of his, and be prepared to tell others about him when the opportunity arises.
And the opportunity will arise-I believe this whole-heartedly. The Bible is clear from Genesis to Revelation that God’s intention is to make himself known to all the nations of the earth.
But, we’re messy and imperfect followers and we often miss those opportunities. So, we pray. We pray for opportunities to tell someone about Jesus, even if it’s just a little snippet. We pray God will help us to not be so caught up in ourselves that we miss the moment to show Him to others. We pray for gentle boldness and the right, humble words. Our prayers are whispers of surrender and a reminder to be watchful.
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Listen to the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit. He is within us to guide us, help us, and empower us. (John 14:26)
As we walk with Jesus and pray, the Spirit is the One who does all of the work in sharing Jesus. He emboldens us, leads us to opportunities, and it is He- not us-who convinces people of the truth of Jesus. He alone changes hearts.
I love the definition we give in Cru of successful evangelism: Taking the initiative to tell others about Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, leaving the results to God.
It’s our responsibility to take the initiative, but we have no control over the outcome. God means for this to be a comfort. He invites us into the exciting work of something that truly lasts-bringing souls into his kingdom for eternity. But he does not allow the weight of it to fall on our shoulders. He takes the weight of it in his mighty power as only he can do. We cannot change people’s hearts, but the almighty God can.
He simply calls us to listen.
When I lived overseas, I tried to talk about Jesus with a friend of mine. She seemed uninterested and changed the subject. A couple of days later, I woke up and prepared to meet her for lunch. I had a strong sense from the Spirit to bring a copy in her language of a gospel-sharing tool, Knowing God Personally.
Nah. It’s buried under some stuff. She’s not interested, I thought to myself. The Spirit pressed harder. Ok. I’ll just put it in my purse. Whatever.
At lunch, my friend, seemingly out of nowhere, said, “A few days ago you said something about Jesus. I’d like to know more about what you believe.” That afternoon she gave her life to Christ.
Had I ignored the prodding of the Spirit on my heart, I would’ve missed the opportunity to see my friend give her life to Christ. He would have brought someone else to tell her about him, but I would have missed out on the joy of being the messenger.
I do not have the spiritual gift of evangelism. Every time I begin to share about Jesus, my heart runs a marathon inside of my chest. I am sinful, selfish, and I care too much about what others think of me. I am a mess. But God, in his lavish grace, invites even me to part of what he’s doing in the souls of people.
He invites all of us as we simply walk with Jesus in prayer and in step with the Spirit.
Check back next week for Part 3: See People as People and Not as Projects
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