May people today are wrapped up in a “cult of personality” lifestyle. Whether it be entertainers, sports figures, religious figures or political figures, people find that they are so enthralled by that person that they will often ignore their own discernment. Maybe that person is clever, witty, outstanding at what they do, or “just speaks the truth.” Whatever the cause for the idolization, they follow that leader, even to their own destruction.
Paul came to Corinth after dealing with the Athenians. His results were not impressive, for him, and he left disgusted at the way the “wise” folks there dealt with what was arguably a great logical argument. His response to the reaction of the Athenians was to trust God to take care of things. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
The hardest part about sharing the gospel is that part where we believe that it depends on us. “If I don’t say the right words…” “What if they laugh at me?” “What if they decide not to be friends anymore if I don’t convince them?” Ok, maybe you don’t have these thoughts, but I do. As followers of Christ it is hard to remember that evangelism depends on God. God arranges the meetings. God gives us the words to say, if we will trust Him. God works in the heart of the person we are speaking to. We still need to be faithful in sharing the story of our relationship with God.
If you want to be successful in evangelism, it begins with your relationship with God. Then, make sure that you care about people – really! In the old TV show M*A*S*H they are discussing the need to be sincere. Hawkeye responds to someone and says, “Sincerity, I can fake that.” Don’t fake it. Be true to yourself, to God, and to the person you are talking to. Don’t try to be a theological genius. In the words of my pastor, tell your Jesus story. How has Jesus made a difference in your life? What is Jesus doing in your life now? More people will come to know Jesus when we are honest about how God is working in our lives than because of our theological brilliance. Know that truth, yes, but share your story.
Lord God, thank You for making such a difference in my life. Help me to tell that story to others. Help me to show others of my love for You and Your love for me. Let me be faithful in telling that story.