Unlike the Holy Spirit’s job description, ours is relatively simple. First we follow Christ as Lord (see part I); then we proclaim the truth of Christ. It’s our hope that hearers will turn to God in faith, but their response is not our responsibility.
And we certainly don’t need techniques to manipulate others with crafty questions. But what can we do?
- Available– God wants us available to people, not shouting instructions at them. He wants us to get into others’ lives.
- Equipped– God wants us equipped to share the good news. You don’t need to be a trained professional in the business of sharing your faith. But if you share what you know about your relationship with Christ, when the opportunity comes, God will use you. Seminary degree not required.
- Motivated– God wants us motivated in the right way: not by guilt trips or with emotional frenzy, but by love.
Our job description for real-life evangelism is to be equipped, available and motivated. So evaluate yourself. Are you motivated (I have a heartfelt desire to share the good news of Christ)? Are you available (I have social contacts with non-Christians)? Are you equipped (I can effectively explain the message and/or tell my story of faith)? If you dare to do this, give yourself a thumbs up or down on each of these. And then post your results on the blog or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will gladly diagnose, give you a prognosis, and prescribe treatments for you. Think I’m joking? Try me!