Most of us have learned introducing our friends to Jesus is by no means the simplest thing to do. So how can I introduce a stranger, someone I don’t even know to Jesus when I can’t seem to introduce a friend or family member who at least has some level of trust in me. A stranger doesn’t even know me and would have no reason to trust or listen to me.
As much as some of us would like we can’t force anyone to accept forgiveness and freedom from sin not even if it is for their own good. Salvation is the work of God, we cannot make it happen. Knowing this will influence our effectiveness in introducing those around us to Jesus helping to bring them to the knowledge of and eventually a personal relationship with Christ.
The only way to reach people who the bibles tells us are slaves to this world blinded by the things of this world essentially they are dead is through the divine work of almighty God. Jesus came to save mankind therefore it is safe to say God does not want anyone left behind “for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). We are “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20), and like earthly ambassadors, our function is to faithfully represent the One who sends us.
We have been and continue to be equipped for this task
The apostle Paul says: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). Some translations have the word “discipline” as “a sound mind.” So, God equips us with at least three tools for witnessing to the lost: power, love, and a sound mind.
We have the Power of the Gospel – The gospel is the only light that opens blind eyes, and revives the dead. It is the good news of what Jesus Christ did for the sake of all mankind.
We have the Power of the Holy Spirit – “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of God will lead, empower, and enable us. He will guide our mind and heart as we present the truth and will prepare those with unbelieving hearts to receive it.
We have the Power of the Prayer – Sharing our faith means we must be prepared for war, we will encounter a scaled up attack from the enemy. The forces of darkness will always strive against the power of God. The greatest weapon we have will be persistent prayer on behalf of those who are lost.
We have the power Love – “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). We express this love in two ways that demonstrate Christ’s presence in our lives and manifest the remarkable change salvation brings.
Love in Word – With wisdom from God we should encourage, praise, speaking of the positive qualities of those that are lost.
Love in Deed – Through needed help, food for the hungry, providing a ride for a friend simply lending a helping hand where there is a need with no expectations.
Sound Mind – As Christians our faith is based on fact not fiction. We must be ready to provide facts and an answer in love for what we believe and why. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15)
God has equipped Christians as His followers with the power of the Gospel. He has also provided us with examples of Love, His Love “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) , “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour (Ephesians 5:2).
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. – (Matthew 28:19-20)
Think about if every Christian simply trusted God and started today sharing and introducing Christ to someone, anyone along their journey how large the family would be in a year’s time.