November 29, 2014

How Not To Share Jesus

How Not To Share Jesus

Sharing the good news of Christ isn't just something that's recommended to Christians, it's a command by Jesus himself. We are told to 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). In some situations, it seems easy to share God's marvelous works and saving grace with others. Yet, there are times it can be as awkward as a cow on roller skates.

In a lot of our society, people are comfortable with conversations that include topics like the weather, their work life, and the local news. However, bring up a topic about religion and many have a tendency to shut down. Why is this? Maybe they have observed someone who claims to be a Christian turn around and act like a hypocrite? Maybe they feel like they are being looked down upon or less than? I'm sure each person has a different reason of why they just try and steer clear of someone's preaching or personal witnessing.

A friend of mine -we'll call him Sam – has been concerned for his son's salvation for many years. Sam recently opened up to me and said that his son had asked him not to bring up God or Christianity again when they're together. This was a heartbroken blow to my friend. I couldn't help but wonder in what ways was he approaching his son when sharing the gospel. And after a few times of speaking with Sam about this, I realized that I may have cracked the code.

It seemed as though the times when Sam had brought up Jesus to his son, he did it in an abrasive form. He was throwing verbal daggers, telling his son everything he was doing wrong in a harsh tone. Sam meant well, but it wasn't being received in a caring and encourage light. His son was more than likely feeling attacked and insulted. The passion Sam had for sharing Christ might have been coming across as arrogant and prideful.

If people feel like you have an insincere attitude towards them, why would they want to listen to anything you have to say? We all want to feel respected, loved, and cared for...right? The scriptures teach us to treat others as we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31, Matthew 7:12). So, it's crucial that we be mindful of how we are sharing God's word to not just unbelievers, but believers who might need a little push back in the right direction.

In conclusion, I'd like to add that even if we come across as compassionate as possible with our words and actions, it doesn't mean everyone will except or hear what we have to say. You can't force someone into connecting with Christ, they have to make that decision on their own. Sometimes, all we can do is keep praying for the person and let God take a hold of the situation.
Scripture References:

Scripture References:

Luke 1:37
For nothing is impossible with God.

Matthew 7:3-5
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Luke 6:31 
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

John 15:12 
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Luke 9:23-25
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”

Psalm 96:3
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

John 3:5
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.