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When I was in Seminary I would spend Tuesday nights walking through the streets of downtown Fort Worth, Texas sharing my faith with almost anyone I ran into. The stories were crazy and the people we met were almost always open to the Gospel and the things we had to say. I don’t remember being laughed at, spit on or made fun of for doing it either. Most of the time I found an openness to the love of Jesus. People were willing to listen and encouraged by the awesome news about Jesus!
Today … I don’t make a habit of going somewhere every Tuesday night, but I do share my faith as I feel the Lord leading me to do so. I teach students regularly about Jesus and I pray for God to open doors for me to share His love with the people I run into. Just like the days back in school, the people I meet are open and willing to listen and are usually encouraged by what Holy Spirit leads me to share.
My approach these days is to simply tell the person God leads across my path that I’m someone who prays and to ask them if there is anything they would like me to pray about for them. Most all of the time the person gets really excited and eagerly shares a prayer request or two with me before I leave — I have only had one person simply say no — After praying, I try and trace back my steps so I can run into them again and ask God to open the door for the discussion to go deeper.
BTW Some of my favorite moments have been with workers at Subway and 7 Eleven. 🙂
But is this enough? Has evangelism turned into a laid back approach of prayer and living a public Christian life in hope that someone will ask me why I’m different? Should I be actively looking for opportunities to share my faith with the people I meet? Is God asking me to do more and be more aggressive? Are all Christians called to evangelize?
I’m convicted about this subject. Frankly, I have let selfishness, a busy life and spiritual apathy have way too much control over me. I have not made this a priority and that bothers me. Praying for these people is awesome, but I need to push through and tell them the great news about Jesus!
This is the call from God to all Christians — the Bible teaches that we are all given the responsibility to tell people about Jesus!
Matthew 28: 16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I love Jesus and the world needs Him more than ever! He changed my life, gave me a reason to live and I want the world to know who He is … I’m praying specifically for the Lord to open a door for me to share my faith today!
Am I really supposed to share my faith? Of course I am!
Let’s share our faith with someone soon! The living water of Jesus is ready for someone you and I know today.
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