In a recent message, I cited a conversation that the great 19th century American evangelist, D.L. Moody, had with one of his critics. His critic said to him, “I don’t like the way you share the gospel.” So he inquired of his critic how she shared the gospel, and upon learning that she did not share her faith with anyone, Moody retorted, “I like the way I share the gospel better than the way you don’t share the gospel.”
It is our responsibility – indeed, our high calling – to share our faith in Jesus with other people. How can you do that? You can tell them what having a relationship with the Lord means to your life:
- how it gives you strength when you are weak
- how it gives you hope for the future
- how it assures you of freedom from slavery to sin
- how it promises you eternal life in the holy presence of God when you die
- how it builds your character to be a better human being by God’s grace
And you need to say not only how, but why. In short, talk about John 3.16.
Live in such a way that people see the difference in you, and want to know more. Then, be prepared to tell them more.
It has been widely believed that Francis Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” There is no evidence that he actually said this, and frankly, I think he’d disavow it. If we are not prepared to use our words, how will our righteous living be understood?
If you don’t think you’d be very good at sharing the gospel ‘off the cuff’, then write it out. Hold it before God as you do. And share it with a Christian friend who can help you reflect on what you’ve written, and thereby help you learn what you’ve written, so you will be able to share it more freely in the future.
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10.14, NLT).