In this article I wanted to share a little bit about the subject of personal Evangelism. This article is by no means exhaustive in its approach to the subject. Our goal here is to point out some of the misconceptions we have regarding personal Evangelism. Many programs and ideas have been put forth to help us share our faith with others. However there are a few things that we need to keep in mind as we share our faith with others.
First: sharing is not the same as convincing.
One of our common mistakes is to think that it is our job to convince people to come to Christ. Our job is to share and proclaim the Gospel.
Romans 10:14 “…And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
It’s the Lord’s job to reveal himself to people.
Matthew 16:15 – 17 “He said to them “But who do you say that I am?” Simon peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
We may think it’s up to us to convince people of who Christ is. The convincing comes from the Lord. It’s He who reveals Christ to the people. Sometimes we may think it’s up to us to convince people of who Jesus is. This can become a frustrating endeavor, because we feel like how can you not understand what I am saying to you?
This is the difference between a mind that has been enlightened by the Lord and a natural mind. We need to keep in mind that we are not “selling” Jesus, we are proclaiming him.
Second: the problem of humanity does not reside in the mind, it’s in the heart.
Our problem with believing in Christ is not in our mind, it’s in our heart. I once heard a very famous Christian leader asserting that” if people think that they can’t believe the account of the creation story in the book of Genesis, how can they believe the rest of the Bible”.
This Christian leader which I highly regard is making the common mistake that our problem is in the mind. That if we can convince people of the reliability of Biblical facts, then people would feel like they can trust the rest of the Bible and come to Christ.
Q: if we can answer all the people’s objection do you think they will come to Christ?
My answer to this question is NO. Even in my own conversion, one of the point of struggle for the Muslim people is how can God have a Son? When I became saved nobody explained to me why Jesus is the Son of God, but as Christ revealed himself to me it no longer was an issue. I couldn’t explain the logic of how Christ is the Son of God, but it no longer mattered because the attitude of my heart was changed and enlightened.
Third: focus on you own spiritual growth, present yourself to the Lord and allow the Lord to lead you to the person.
Sometimes activities could give us a sense of excitement and zeal. It would be easy for us to become so involved in spiritual activities that we lose sight of our own spiritual well-being.
As you focus on your walk with the Lord present yourself to him and allow the Lord to direct you to the person that he would want you to share with. Many people might think shouldn’t we share with everyone? Yes but we all have different giftedness and talent. The Lord works in a very natural way. He will bring the right kind of people together and they become connected very naturally.
Fourth: as you share try to see if the Lord is at work.
Try to see if the person is receiving what you are saying? Does it seem that the Holy Spirit is working in this person? Usually when the Holy Spirit is drawing someone there would be a thirst in the person. He or She would want to hear more. You will get a sense that the things that you are sharing are penetrating into this person’s heart and mind.
Fifth: don’t try to force someone to believe, leave the results to God.
We need to remember that we are not “selling” Jesus we are proclaiming Jesus. When we force someone to believe we may end up with someone who has an opinion about Christ, but has not been born-again. Allow the Lord to bring the person around.
These were some of the things that I could think of that we should be mindful when we share Christ with others. My goal is not to hinder, but to help us to consider these things as we share Christ with others.
May the Lord be with you all