Inviting someone to church or sharing your faith about Jesus can be awkward. It is nerve wracking, scary and often times not what many followers of Jesus want to do.
Yet, the reality is if you are a follower of Jesus, you are to be a witness of Jesus. (Acts 1:8) That is a key and crucial piece of your new identity in Christ.
It is not optional.
Yes, some people are better at it than others, but all followers of Jesus are called to pray for people who don’t know Jesus and share their faith with them.
How do you know when you should share your faith or invite someone to your church?
There are clues to listen to when you talk to someone. Andy Stanley calls these “the not cues.” When you hear a person say something like, “Things are not going well.” Or, “I’m not prepared for…” Or, “I am not from here; we just moved to the area.”
When you hear any of these, you know it is worth the risk. Often the person who says these things is searching for something. They may not think it is Jesus, but it is.
Something crucial to not miss.
Recently, a friend told me this: If you meet someone who isn’t a Christian, you should assume that God wants to use you to help them become a follower of Jesus.
That stopped me in my tracks.
Let me say something to the Christians who are always asking for deeper preaching or a deeper Bible study or say, “I want to grow.” The best way for you to grow, to go deeper in your faith, is to share your faith. To be asked questions you don’t know the answer to and you’ll have to study. To have to stand there in a conversation and ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what to say. Those will grow you in ways that a class won’t.
So, how do you live more proactively on mission?
Here are some ideas:
- Go to the same restaurants, coffee shops and the same classes at the gym. Frequency gives you the chance to build a relationship to share Jesus.
- You can’t be a disciple without knowing people who don’t know Jesus.
- Have people who don’t know Jesus into your house. People are longing for community and connection.
- Keep your kids on the same team and in the same groups to make those connections. But what about changing teams and groups so they can get a scholarship? They won’t do that. Your job is to keep your family on mission.
- Hand out the best candy on Halloween.
- If you get invited to a party or BBQ by non-Christians, go. And take the best food and drink.
- Talk to the person who cuts your hair, and if a Christian cuts your hair, switch and find a non-Christian.
- Pray that God would move you into a neighborhood, get you a job or send you to a gym or to a school with people who need Jesus.