THE HEART OF A LITTLE GIRL
Yesterday, we were at the doctor for a pre-op appointment for my seven-year-old daughter. She is going to be having her tonsils and adenoids removed, and tubes put in both ears. She has been ill almost non-stop since last November with colds, fevers, RSV, strep throat, and other infections. These infections have left her immune system weakened to a point that it seems she gets sick if somebody sneezes on the other side of the world.
My seven-year-old is a shy one and also has a speech impediment which does not help her in social situations. This is the same child that often would not speak to even her own father because she was so self-conscious. And don’t even think about her speaking in public, because it’s not happening. So when she began speaking to the doctor yesterday, I was shocked.
It wasn’t until after the exam, that Kelsey said in a confident voice to the doctor, “Jesus died on the cross for your sins.”
The doctor did not understand her until she repeated herself. When she repeated herself, the doctor was silent for a few seconds because you could easily see that he did not know how to respond. Once this doctor regained his composure, he asked us if we, “go to a religious school or something like that?” I kindly told him that we were Christians.
This doctor is a highly educated professional and is the type that immediately takes control with his commanding presence when he walks into a room. His usual calm, cool, collected, and cocky self was shocked into silence, even just briefly. This somewhat arrogant man was suddenly awkward.
My daughter just sat there staring at him, after saying what was in her heart, she was content to be quiet again.
When we left that room, I could not help but feel very blessed to hear my daughter share her faith. This shy, unassuming girl, spoke boldly to this doctor, that she has met only twice.
Once we got into our vehicle I told her how proud of her that I was for sharing the Gospel. She replied, by saying, “Jesus loves us, Mommy” and continued talking to her younger sister.
BIBLE THUMPING, DOOR KNOCKIN’ CHRISTIAN
This prompted me to pray for the doctor, with hopes that he would have had the seeds of faith planted in his heart. I have been praying for him since yesterday. And this also led me to have a teachable moment with all of my six kiddos this morning. Every morning on the drive to school, I have 10-15 minutes to speak life to my children. These short discussions cover a variety of topics that are Gospel-centered by crucial to their faith walk.
This morning I was talking about the garden that we are going to plant this weekend. I compared the garden to planting seeds of faith when we share the Gospel with others. Before I lose you here and you go running from this page, thinking that I am a “Bible-thumping, door-knockin” gal that calls herself a Christian….just wait!
To share the Gospel is to share the love of Jesus Christ, to tell others that Jesus loves them so much that He died on the cross for their sins. There are various ways to share the Gospel, some are quiet and some are louder, but they both do the same thing; share the love of Jesus.
My children were sent off to school with the typical send-off from me saying, “Have a great day. I am praying for you. And don’t forget to be Jesus to somebody, be that light.” They hear this every day. And I often need these reminders, too. Being a Christian is not often an easy walk. It is filled with persecution, sin, strife, challenges, and temptations that try to sway us from keeping our eyes on the prize.
And as Christian we are called to share the good news, as it says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
SHARING THE GOSPEL
How can we do as it says, in Mark 16:15, and, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” with others? First of all look at a few of the various ways that the Gospel can be shared.
- Knocking on doors
- VBS and church camps
- Face-to-face conversation
So you say that you are not a missionary and definitely feel uncomfortable knocking on doors to talk about Jesus? Maybe you are not a writer and would never consider writing a book or having a blog.
For me, writing comes naturally and I can use my blog platform ministry as a way to encourage and equip others by sharing the Gospel. I have many friends who do vlogs on YouTube and Facebook live and share that Gospel that way, but at this point, I am extremely uncomfortable getting front of a camera.
We also have close friends who are moving their family of 9 to Budapest, Hungary for a two-year commitment in just a few short months. That is a brave way to share the Gospel, but it is not right for my family.
If you don’t see yourself as a missionary, writer, speaker, singer, or VBS (Vacation Bible School) teacher than what can you do? We can all be evangelists. Evangelism—communicating the good news of King Jesus—always requires words. Christians are called to adorn the gospel with actions (Titus 2:10), to be sure, but our actions are not the gospel. No amount of righteous living can replace the necessity of verbally proclaiming God’s saving achievement in Christ.
People need to know why the Gospel is worth believing. It is far too easy to just be name-dropping Jesus or sharing Scripture. It is necessary for others to see it as believable. If we make the Gospel shallow there will be nothing for them to cling to or make it believable.
SHARING A BELIEVABLE GOSPEL
There are struggles and hopes, fears and dreams that sit on the surface of people’s stories. These lost souls are in need of the Gospel. For those lost souls searching for the truth, they usually fall into four main categories.
- Lost souls looking for acceptance in all the wrong places. These lost souls need to hear the gospel of acceptance that is perfect and justified.
- Those that are searching for deeper fulfilling relationships. This is where we can point them to a personal and deeply profound union with Christ.
- The type that is fearful of disapproval or is demanding the approval of others. To these, we can share the gospel of adoption, which provides an enduring approval and produces a humble confidence.
- Or the ones longing for a for a new start, they need to hear the gospel of new creation.
Regardless of the type of lost soul, people need to hear that the Gospel is good news to them. So how do we share the Good News?
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY SHARE THE GOSPEL
Maybe you’re afraid to share the Good News because you don’t know what to say. Or maybe you have shared it before and others were unresponsive or uncommitted to what you were saying. We are unable to open another person’s heart to the Gospel, but God is able to. Can we do this without boring the other person or coming across too preachy?
Four Easy Ways to Share the Gospel
*To share the Gospel, you can follow these 4 simple steps:
1. Share with them John 3:16: Each person needs to hear that God loves them and wants them to experience the peace and life He offers for their life. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He has a plan for each and every person.
2. Explain our problem—separation from God. We are not automatically at peace with God. Because of our nature, we are all separated from Him. And the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God is holy, but we are human and don’t measure up to His perfect standard. We are sinful, and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
3. Teach them about God’s solution—the cross. Because of God’s great love for us, He has created a bridge for that gap of separation. Jesus paid for the penalty for our sins when we died on the cross and rose from the grave. The Bible says, “‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24).
4. We are to receive Christ. You become a member of God’s family when you accept the free gift from Christ of salvation. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
*(Credit to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
To receive Christ, a person needs to do 4 things:
- Admit you’re a sinner.
- Ask forgiveness and be willing to turn away from your sins.
- Believe that Christ died for you on the cross.
- Receive Christ into your heart and life.
Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Keep it simple and don’t overexplain: If you are like me, you tend to talk to much and that can complicate matters more. State the facts, don’t over explain, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you with words.
Offer to guide them in prayer: Many have never had the opportunity to be prayed for or with before. Keep the prayer simple. Offer a prayer of thanks, or perhaps guide them in a prayer of redemption, asking for forgiveness, and so on.
Stress the love and grace of God: God loved us first. Love is where it started. We must explain that we are all inherently sinners, but because of God’s grace and love, we have been given this great free gift of salvation.
Carefully listen to their story. Most people are looking for a cure, but when sharing the Gospel we need to be looking at the symptoms. For example, the person that is alone may be depressed and feeling a darkness deep inside. We know that the ultimate cure is Jesus Christ. They don’t know that Jesus is the cure. After knowing their why, it will help you as you craft your own personal way of sharing the Gospel with them.
Our own stories and experiences can offer a unique perspective to share the Gospel. And perhaps that person put in your path at the right time is there by no accident, but rather divine providence.
May, I encourage you mama’s and wive’s to go be the light of the world. Share the Good News. Spread the Gospel. Preach that Love!
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