By: Waylon Bailey ~
We all want our friends, family, and neighbors to know Christ.
How can we help them to know our Lord and Savior and experience the blessings that come from knowing Him?
Here are four things you can do to open up conversations about the gospel.
First, pray, pray, pray. I suggest putting a piece of paper on the inside cover of your Bible with the names of people you will pray everyday that they might be saved. The apostle Paul said “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israelites is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). I would also suggest you ask God who those people should be.
We should pray that God would open doors for us to share our faith in Christ. We also should pray for soft hearts to hear the truth which we have to speak.
Second, be a friend and show your heartfelt compassion for the people around you. Acts of kindness and a warm, sympathetic heart will go a long way in opening doors of conversation about the gospel. We should remember that friendship is a powerful tool for the gospel.
Third, live righteously without living judgmentally. No one wants to follow after a judgmental Christian. They do want to follow someone whose life and profession show a credible Christian character. Ask God to show you those areas where you are harming your witness for Christ. Determine to put those things behind you so that you might help others know Christ.
Fourth, always be ready to give a credible answer about why you do the things you do and why you believe as you do. The Apostle Peter counseled us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who ask you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
We need to be able to tell people what the gospel means. We also need to be able to tell people what the gospel means to you.Both of those areas will be instrumental in helping people come to know Christ. Notice also Peter’s emphasis on how we do this: with gentleness and respect.
Let us ask God for His favor as we seek to reach our family, friends, and neighbors.
Have a great week!