ChristAlive! Archives: Evangelism
One thing that has been ringing true in my life in Christ, especially over the last few months, is to be faithful as Christ compels us, and let the Holy Spirit take care of the results...
Victor Manuel Watters died last year. He was 14 years old. His death made the front page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press by columnist Ruben Rosario on 9/08/2011. Rosario wrote, “He was a special kind of kid who lived a valiant life and served as an inspiration to many, including me… The story of Victor... is one of triumph, not tragedy, so Death, be not proud today.”
Are you inviting the people in your life to church, a Christians in Commerce event or other opportunity where they can meet Jesus and his Word?
When I experienced the resurrection of my spirit in 1977, I felt compelled to read the Bible and share about my new relationship with Jesus at every opportunity. Today, I still read the Bible and meet with Jesus nearly every morning, but I find that I do not share with others as much about my relationship with him as in times past.
Am I selective about whom I share my testimony with? Am I inviting everyone to God's banquet? When I began my quest to explore a personal relationship with Jesus, I was afraid to let anyone know. “Keep it quiet, Jack,” I told myself, “and whatever you do, don't get caught out in public with your bible...”
What do others have in their hearts when they think of me, speak of me, see me, and hear me? Is it Christ?
Is my voice speaking louder than my actions? Are my actions causing a positive rippling effect in my occupation? Am I a follower of Jesus Christ or do I just blend into the crowd? We know that Jesus called the original disciples from different industries in the marketplace. He has continued that approach of calling men and women from the workplace to follow him for 2,000 years.
,,, Arriving at a dramatic waterfall, we found a couple fishing in the pool below. I asked the man, "Are you hoping for trout?" He smiled, and his response clarified the situation: "Actually, we're fishing for trout." There is a difference, after all, between hoping for something and actually making it happen...
Jesus was a stark contrast to the prevailing culture. He illustrated the difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. As his disciples, Jesus calls us to live his life today and makes it possible by pouring out of the Holy Spirit on each of us.
How alone and abandoned Jesus must have felt. Just a few hours earlier he had shared dinner with his closest followers and disciples. He had told them that he no longer called them servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. “Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made know to you” (John 15:15).