Ever been asked when the last time was that you shared the gospel with a non-believer and that sinking feeling of failure sets in? Every believer has an obligation to take the faith they have been given and to share it with others. But if we never share it with a lost person then what is the point? Here are 3 things to encourage you and bring change to the ministry of your life.
1. Swallow That Truth
That sinking feeling I mentioned earlier; that was probably the conviction of the Spirit. It’s not that God wants you to feel guilty, but rather that you would see the truth and let Him work in this important area. If it is guilt you feel, a sense that you have failed because you don’t share your faith like the other guy, or you’ve never gone street witnessing with that group after church, then you need to change your perspective a bit. The guilt is not from God. The purpose of sharing your faith is to bring lost people to the very truth that saved you. You need to accept this as your personal calling no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, but you do not have to be guilt-tripped into it. Listen to the prompting of the Spirit and then pray for his power to make you an effective witness. He promised to do this.
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2. Begin Praying for Just One
“Go into all the world and make disciples.” Go and do what Jesus did on earth with the Twelve. He chose them, twelve individuals to share his life with, to teach them what a life of glorifying the Father looks like by putting His own on display. It was not unfair to choose only these twelve, leaving out the rest. His plan was that these (minus Judas) would go and do the same with others. Through multiplication the message of Jesus would spread one person at a time; life on life, proclaiming and living out the Gospel with genuineness.
Begin praying now for who that one person is in your life. Seek that you might build a relationship with him or her. Let them know with your words and with your actions that Christ has saved you and that you follow after Him. The life-changing element is the truth of His cross; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Be faithful to this truth and leave heart change up to Him.
Luke 15:4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?”
3. The Goal is Discipleship
Paul said “Follow me as I follow Christ” and it really is that simple. The goal is to make disciples, not just converts. Don’t misunderstand, of course conversion is necessary, but that is not your job. It is the Spirit who gives life. Funny how you never know if conversion is genuine until a person starts acting like a disciple, so make that your goal. The person you begin praying for today, seek that they come to faithfully and fruitfully follow after Jesus. Show and teach what Jesus said and did and take the time to invest in them. Love them like Jesus does. Tell the hard truths. Explain holiness, repentance and a Christian-dependence upon the Spirit and the Word. Teach them to take the tools you give them and to go and do the same with others.
2 Timothy 1:13 “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”