American idol begins tomorrow night. Don’t you love watching all those horrible wanna-be singers who have been deceived into believing they actually have singing talent?
Click the link below to see a few of them from the past.
Yesterday at church, we studied Revelation 3:14-22, as a part of our Traits of a Growing Disciple series. Verses 15-16 in this passage say that lukewarm believers disgust God. We need to be growing disciples, not self-absorbed, halfhearted believers who have been deceived into thinking we have it all together, when in reality, we are not anywhere near where God wants us to be.
One way to keep from being lukewarm and be a growing disciple is to share God with others. The goal, of course, is to lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, but the path to this does not have to include an in-your-face confrontation.
There are several good ways to reach out to people to open up a door to share the good news of Jesus. Here are a few:
1) Evangelism – taking the initiative to share the good news of Jesus and the love of God through regular conversations. These conversations can be:
a) a quick word – like reminding the check out clerk at the grocery store that God loves them as you’re checking out
b) a short conversation – sharing the plan of salvation or your personal testimony about coming to know Christ as Savior with someone that you may, but probably won’t see again, like someone who comes to work on your house, someone in the waiting room of the doctor or mechanic, or the person next to you on a snow ski lift or on a plane.
Gospel tracks are a good way to share the Gospel when you don’t have time for a long conversation. You can let people know God loves them and has an incredible plan for their life then give them a gospel track that points them to God. You can read through it with them or leave it with them and ask them to read it when they get a chance.
c) a part of an ongoing relationship – perhaps with a neighbor, a family member, a co-worker, or a person you see regularly at a store, like a waiter, a bank teller or a hairdresser.
I heard about a man who went to share the Gospel with his ailing brother a few weeks ago. He took a 4 Spiritual Laws gospel track with him and went through it with his brother. The brother prayed to receive Christ as a result. The brother died this past week. Good thing he took the initiative to share when he did.
2) Serving in His name – this is serving others with no expectation of thanks or reward in mind. You’re simply serving to impact another person by serving in the name of God and showing the love of God.
Examples of this include: taking food to teachers at a school, cutting a single mom’s lawn, visiting a nursing home and reading, talking and/or playing music to the elderly, feeding the homeless/needy at a feeding ministry, etc.
3) Praying for people – this is taking time to pray in person with someone, not just telling them you’ll pray for them later on. Prayers can be short and simple, but they must be honest, heart-felt and faith-filled. You’ll be surprised how this simple gesture lifts people up.
Next time you’re at a sit-down restaurant, before you thank God for the food, try asking your waiter or waitress if there is anything you can pray for him/her about and see where it leads.
4) Notes of encouragement – writing a note via text message, email or note card is a significant way to brighten someone’s day, especially if they are going through a difficult time. Maybe you can share a key Scripture verse with them in your note or write out a short prayer for them. Everyone needs encouragement and you may be the one that gives them that extra little push that they need to keep moving forward.
5) Intentional acts of kindness – investing time and energy into specific people with the goal of building a relationship that more easily allows you to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Examples of this could be taking some food to a new neighbor, doing something nice for a co-worker, or helping someone you see a lot with a need that has gone unmet.
Keep your eyes open to opportunities all around you and share God every chance you get.