Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
– Matthew 28:19
As Christians some of us can become comfortable in our bubbles and Christian circles. We get so busy with music practice, bible study, prayer meetings, vision planning days, working with children courses, and looking after our church family. Our calendars become filled with church related events and fundraisers left, right and centre. Before you know it, our lives are surrounded with Christians – which is great because we can be constantly encouraging one another in Christ… but how can we share the news of Jesus to the world if we’re only ever inside the walls of a church building?
1. Be intentional
The key is being intentional. If we are always surrounding ourselves with Christians, the chances to witness can be missed if we are not intentional in going out of the way to share the message. We need to naturally build relationships with those we come into contact frequently with at the grocery store, with other parents, with our local baristas and even the odd telemarketer.
If you have spare time, a great way to intentionally make contact with unbelievers is by joining a social group in an area you are interested in. From hiking groups, board game enthusiasts and geo caching – finding an enjoyable environment outside of church creates the opportunity to make friends with people who have a common interest. This allows you to share the love of Jesus with individuals who are not believers in a non-invasive way.
2. Be bold.
Joshua 1:9 tells us:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We should be encouraged in knowing that God will always be with us! This is why should be bold and not afraid to make it known that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour – after all, he sacrificed everything for us. A good way to bring up your faith without being overtly forward is to slip in references regarding church or related activities into relevant conversation.
It can also be really scary asking someone if you can pray for them – but it’s definitely worth the fear of rejection. If your brother or sister in Christ were facing the same difficulty – would you pray with them? Your non-Christian friend may not want to take you up on the offer, but it’s showing them that you believe in something bigger and greater that can assist them in combatting hardship. Being bold might be the greatest thing you could ever do for the advancement of the Kingdom.
3. Be different.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
It’s cliché but true. Do your actions convey Christ-like behaviour and likeness? Are you set apart? As Christians we are called to be light, and we are commanded in 1 John 2:15 not engage in worldly activities.
We know that we are called to spread the message of Jesus Christ to our friends, families and those we come into contact with. But if we are Christians by name and not by nature, what impression does that leave for non-Christians? If anything we look to be hypocritical, which counteracts our other efforts. Gods Law is not meant to be binding, but liberating – which is why we honour him in being different and living like Jesus.
Why should I?
The fact of the matter is that we have the chance to spread God’s love with so many different people everyday. Are you taking your opportunities seriously?
It can be scary sharing our faith and going out of the way to intentionally minister to those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus. Yet, you should be encouraged in knowing that stepping out in faith could change the fate of someone’s eternity…
Imagine if someone had never plucked up the courage to share the news of Jesus with you, or to someone in your family line. Some of us wouldn’t be alive had our parents not met through church related events. How much different would the world be had Christians before us not been intentional, bold or different.
God commands us to “therefore GO and make disciples of all nations”.