It is somehow easier to share the gospel within our circles especially among saved people but God’s desire is that we reach out to those who do not even know Him. In a bid to do this, many Christians set out with good intentions but then our sharing of the gospel ends up harming us by either becoming a burden or a source of pride. We need to have guidelines on how to do it so as to keep things in perspective.
In the following weeks, I’ll give pointers to what Paul considered as ways to reach out to non-believers. So what guidelines does Paul lay down for us to follow?
Many times we will have to take stands that may not appeal to the masses but we take them anyway. We should never dilute the word, no matter how it will be received, state it as it is for it is not our job to try persuade people by making the word twist to their liking. In a sense, by twisting God’s word we are assuming that God is not doing a good job by Himself and so we need to help Him out. I am not advocating that we become inconsiderate because we have to do it in love lest we kill the spirits of those we are reaching out to and come off as being judgmental. However, this sugar-coating of matters works more against us despite it being the easier route; many unsaved people feel offended by Christians who always compromise on teaching so that it’s more receptive, why? It makes them feel as if they are being treated as immature people who can only receive the gospel by being convinced like babies. People already know the truth, they may not adhere to it but they know it-treat them as such.
We cannot give that which we do not have and many times we may not preach the truth because we have not grown personally in God’s truth. It is good to believe and hope in faith, but our confidence in God’s word comes when our faith moves into action. When we see what the word says happening in our own lives, we become confident in sharing the truth without having to sugarcoat it. Growth is active, it is not just a matter of reading and believing passively but we have to live it out and see it at work. The problem is that we either do not believe God’s word fully because it has not been in operation in our lives or we have forgotten how far the Lord has brought us; consequently we do not share with strong conviction and become easily swayed. Unfortunately when the word is spoken with this view, it only yields immature Christians who do not know the truth as it is and so they fail to live out the life God has called them to.
Paul confessed that at times he feared sharing as it was not in line with the beliefs systems around him; however he had confidence in the word not just from wisdom that came from reading or hearing, but from witnessing its power. He had walked in the word long enough to know that it works. In effect he was saying, for things to change, people had to go to another level in God’s word and not twist it to their liking-their problems could not be solved by the same level of thinking that brought them in the first place. He understood that God’s wisdom supersedes that of man, regardless of man’s reception.
1st Cor. 2:3-5 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
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Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.