They received it, thanked me and went on their way. And as I checked out my beautiful new furniture, my heart sang with the realization that I had shared Christ with two complete strangers.
Was that really me back there?
Ten years ago, it wouldn’t have been. Oh, I knew I was supposed to share Christ with people, but it was so hard and a bit frightening to be honest with you.
What if I didn’t know what to say and messed up my words? Or worse, what if the person turned around and started asking me questions I couldn’t answer?
No. Better let God pick someone else to do that job.
But lately, sharing my faith has been getting easier for me. And I’m amazed at the headway I’m making in this area of my walk with God. No one’s exempt at sharing the Good News with others – no matter how shy or fearful we are.
Right before he left this earth, Jesus gave marching orders to all of us saying: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19.
The campaign starts in November and encourages people to share their faith on the ground level with the people in their lives: friends, neighbors and co-workers. It encourages all of us to get serious about praying for them, building relationships with them and planning a social event where we can tell them about our faith and share the Good News.
Our elder said this to those of us who may be nervous about this type of evangelism: “Don’t be afraid to get outside the realm of your safe house. What (the Billy Graham Association) is suggesting is that you invite your friends and neighbors who don’t know Jesus. They’re looking for people who will go outside of their realm of safety.
"I tell people, don’t be afraid – it’s not about you anyway!”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association calls the upcoming national outreach “Matthew and Friends,” because the Apostle Matthew invited people into his home to eat with him and Jesus.
I like this approach. Often, when I get the “nudging” of the Holy Spirit to share the gospel with someone, I ask God to give me some common ground first – something that could open a door to a conversation about Him.
With friends, neighbors and family, we’ve got a lot of common ground already, don’t we?
So how about it? Let’s join Billy Graham and do our part in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those we rub shoulders with everyday. You can learn more about it and the special programming offered over at: www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.
Our elder has a farming background and I think he put it best when he said, “I want to help being the harvest home. I’m a Jesus combine – what kind are you?”