Continued from here.
Many Christians choose not to engage in evangelism/talk about their faith because they don’t know how to do it. They fear that they don’t know the right words to say and that they will be unable to answer any questions that someone has. They view evangelism as something they must do, and they fear they will not do it well.
I have found that evangelism is less about what I do than about who I am – who God has molded me into. For example, before I lost my job in Corporate America, the company had laid off 3/4 of the employees in my division (all of whom did the same job that I did), and those of us remaining were concerned about whether another layoff was coming for the rest of us. One of my coworkers was very anxious about the uncertainty of the future of her job, but she noticed that I was calm about it and asked me why. I responded that while my provision was coming through the company, I trust God as my provider, and He is able to provide for me through another source if this one ends. While I was certainly not enjoying being in this precarious position, I was calmer than my colleagues were, and she noticed. She did not come to Christ during that conversation, nor did I ask or expect her to. Instead, this conversation planted a seed that having a relationship with Christ can help someone stay calm in a situation that was alarming to most people. That conversation came about because of who I have become in Christ, not because of anything I did.
As I have grown in my discipleship with Christ, God has transformed me from an anxious, bitter control freak into someone who is generally joyful, peaceful, and patient. People notice the difference without me having to say a word. As I am consistently kind to others, thankful rather than complaining, and calm rather than anxious, people are drawn to understanding why, and that’s the invitation to talk about my faith – not about what they need to do in their lives but about how much better my life is since I started walking with God. Even when I blow it (and I do blow it from time to time), I am quick to apologize, which further draws people into inquiring why I am different. God has powerfully used who I am (who He has transformed me into) to whet the appetites of those around me to investigate who God is.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace peeking over a sign that says, “Love You.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]