“Meanwhile praying for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” - (Col 4:3-6)
Jesus said that Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When believers walk as salt and light it causes evangelism by observation: “I like what I see, your lifestyle provokes me to change, to ask questions, to go out of my way to meet you.” Your lifestyle can open the door of opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. Live the life and share the life. The God you know is the God you show.
Three qualities are necessary to be salt and light:
- Peace. People spend a lot of time and money trying to artificially manufacture it. Chemically induced peace is big business today. But genuine peace always stands out.
- Healthy relationships. We live in a relationally challenged world. Healthy relationships cause the world to sit up and take notice.
- Christian Character positions us as a light on a hill. The evident fruit of the Spirit in our lives attracts people. (Gal 5:22)
Find The Open Doors
You don’t want to kick closed doors down, but neither should you just sit and wait for them to open. You have to talk to people to see if they are open. Every person you have opportunity to spent time with is an opportunity to develop a friendship and discover their stories. You can’t win people you won’t talk to. Put some effort into being likeable. You have to be good news to effectively share good news. If people don’t like you, they won’t listen to you. Get to know people. When people ask what changed your life, be ready to share your testimony.
Be ready always to give an answer of the hope that is within you. “Go home to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you.” (Mark 5:19) Stay within your sphere of knowledge. If you don’t know, just say so. Avoid arguments and hair-splitting, you want to evangelize – not antagonize! It takes different baits to catch different fish. There is no one size fits all. Some come through love and some through fear. (Jude 23) Share your story but be sensitive to know when you have said enough.
Share The ABCs of Salvation (Matt 10:7)
Admit you are a sinner; all have sinned, you can’t get someone saved if they don’t know they are lost.
Believe Jesus is the Son of God, who died for you and rose again on the third day for your salvation.
Consider the cost - You have to let go of your old way of life to pick up the new.
Decide - Why is heaven so wonderful and hell so horrible? In order to make the choice easy!
Let’s not go to heaven alone - lets plunder hell and populate heaven!
Dr George Hill
Apostolic Founder and President of Victory Churches International