Listen & Love.
Ever feel like you just don’t have it, that gift to “win people for Christ.” We think some people do, but not me… like secretly I know deep down I can’t do that to someone, I can make them believe, I don’t have a persuasive enough message, I don’t know a strong enough creation argument.
Its seems so humanly impossible to simply have a 5-10 minute conversation with someone about the Good News of the gospel and totally transform their thinking and *poof* after our eloquent account of the Biblical narrative, they’re a Christian.
Well, you’re right.
It is humanly impossible…
But very much possible through the transformative work of the Holy Spirit.
So if we can’t make people believe, why does SendMe exist?
There is something that we do all have control over and hold responsibility for.
A person’s hearing of the gospel.
“Faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”
Okay… But People still find evangelism unbelievable. May I suggest perhaps it is because we forget about Paul’s words in Colossians?
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person”
People are not projects. They aren’t simply a number to add to the list of souls you’ve won. They are not your accomplishment.
Have you ever been on the other end of an evangelistic project? Perhaps from a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon at your door. You don’t often feel loved; you feel used, like a pressure sale.
Paul says, “Know how you ought to answer each person.” The gospel is a singular message with a non-singular delivery. This means that the gospel itself in unchanging, but the way we approach sharing it will be different person to person and requires wisdom, and wisdom expresses knowledge through understanding.
In order to understand someone, we must hear them. We must listen.
Francis Schaeffer, a well-known theologian and evangelist, was asked how he would spend an hour with a non-Christian, he said: “I would listen for fifty-five minutes, and then, in the last five minutes I would have something to say.”
We need to learn to listen and love.
We live in a culture that runs at the speed of light. It’s always how fast can I get this done so that I can achieve maximum productivity for the day… Love is inefficient. It slows down long enough to understand people and their objections to the gospel. It’s not about memorizing a rehearsed fact– “Jesus died on the cross.”
We need to see evangelism as a long-term endeavour. We don’t check the list, “defeating others” somehow feeling superior. While sharing hope, and sharing the Good News of the gospel, be sure to be doing so in love and grace for each person– listen, and love.
When we start living a lifestyle of loving others, and listening to others, we will see opportunities open to share with others.
Be prepared for these opportunities. Visit www.sendme.ca today to order your free Gospels of John to share.
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