#1 Be prayerful. Please don’t miss out on the fact that this is the power. This is where lives are changed and where hearts that are hardened are softened. Dieter Zander says, “We ought to talk to God about people before we talk to people about God.”
#2 Be tactful. Don’t be abrasive. Don’t turn people off. Somebody said, “Tact is the ability to make someone feel at home when you wish that they were.” In today’s culture door-to-door evangelism doesn’t work anymore because the most precious commodity someone has is not money, it’s their time. If I showed up in your neighborhood going door to door with my Bible in hand, your neighbors wouldn’t open the door for me. In fact, you might not open the door for me. Because you can’t reach an ipod culture with an 8 track methodology.
#3 Be creative. Jesus was so creative in the way he reached out. He transformed a mountainside into a Bible conference; a fishing boat into an evangelistic platform; a well into a counseling room; the shadows of the evening into an opportunity to lead Nicodemus into the experience of new birth. He preached the word continuously everywhere he went. And Jesus likened believers to salt. It’s a very interesting comparison that he makes in Matthew 5:13. “You are the salt of the earth but if the salt losses its saltiness how can it be made salty again. It’s no longer good for anything except to be thrown out to be trampled by men.” Salt adds life. It adds zest to it. And that’s what we should do.
#4 Be yourself. You can’t be something you’re not. So leverage who God make you to be to tell others about who God is in your life.
In Mark 1 there’s an interesting story about a leper. This leper comes to Jesus and do you know what Jesus does? He radically transforms his life. He heals him. A guy with leprosy, destined to a lifetime of loneliness. Jesus completely heals him but then this is what Jesus tells him in Mark 1, “Don’t tell anyone.” Because Jesus knew that if word got out he would not be able to travel around because the crowds would be too great. He says to the leper, “Don’t tell a soul.” But do you know what the leper does? He goes out and tells everybody he sees about Jesus Christ and the transformation that he had undergone. Now I’m not condoning his disobedience. But my point is that he was told to shut his mouth. We’ve been told to open ours. So let’s do it.