Posts Tagged ‘witnessing’

“Our country is in trouble, and I don’t have a whole lot of faith in the political parties,” Franklin Graham said in a video posted on his Facebook page this week. He also referenced the tragic events of the past week: “Shootings, riots and protests now claim the headlines about America, and that’s heartbreaking,” he said. “We are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America.”

As Christians, we are to be set apart from the world:

”But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

But lately I have been disappointed to hear such hateful speech and crude joking coming (mostly) from those who profess to be Christians! I have also read similar posts on Face Book and other social media sites.

Sadly, I have heard (and read) more compassionate speech from self proclaimed atheists than I have from confessing Christians. And if the world can see no difference in us and those who don’t believe, what use are we? I pray that Christians everywhere will live and speak as those who represent our Lord.

Not that we should become humorless, straight-faced legalistic people of God or that we should not speak out against injustice when we see it—but we are to do all things in love. Consider what the Bible teaches:

With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be! (James 3: 9-10)

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” (Colossians 3:8)

But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality or impurity or greed. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character… (Ephesians 5:3-4)

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. (James 1:26)

I don’t care whether you’re Catholic, Evangelical, Reformed Christian, Methodist, Mormon, Pentecostal, or Baptist. If you say that you believe in the Bible and profess that you’re a follower of Jesus, then start living like one!

How much sadness God must  feel when he sees his children, who are called by his name, treating each other as if they were mortal enemies—talking trash behind each others’ backs, slandering them on Face Book and silently wishing for their failure. It’s unreal to me.

How do you think you’ll ever be able to convince someone that they should become a Christian if the Christianity they see is judgmental, condemning and negativity towards others? Have you ever considered that you’re actually hurting Christ more than helping him with how you treat other people? Do you think that just showing up on Sunday morning or singing in the choir is going to impress God?

Christ said that you should “let your light so shine” so that others will want come to Him. (Matthew 5: 15-16) Instead…you’re like the basket, extinguishing any light that might be burning faintly within others.

So if you call yourself a Christian, then just start loving others and overlooking their faults. Become ambassadors of mercy instead heavenly bounty hunters and you’ll never have to beg someone to listen to your message about Christ again…They’re already listening.

“Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.” ―Rich Mullins

Here are some stats about Facebook and its users:
• Facebook has an estimated 500 million users.
• 50% of those 500 million use Facebook daily.
• The average number of ‘friends’ a person has is 130.
• 200 million people have Facebook on their cell phones.
• People who have Facebook on their cell phones are twice as active on Facebook as those who don’t have it on their cell phones.

Whether you want to admit or not, Facebook is how the world views you. You know the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is also applicable to Facebook.

Your profile is your first impression for many people. What message do you send out to those who view your profile and pages on Facebook? If you are a true Christian, then you must live your life according to God’s precepts and values; even in the virtual world. Here is what the Bible has to say about your image and the impression that it creates.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches; and loving favor rather than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1) Great riches are things that we value greatly, but the Bible says that your good name (your character and image) is more valuable than either gold, silver, or great riches.

Do you have a good name by what you post and share on Facebook? According to your Facebook page, what would a person who does not know you and sees your profile and what you post, think about your character? What kind of pictures do you have on Facebook? Are they all about nonsense or do they promote a godly character? Looking at some Christian’s posts and pictures, I get the impression that they are still carnal and worldly. (1Cor.3: 1- 3)

What is the central message of the stuff that you post on Facebook? Does it promote worldly values or do you use Facebook as a tool to build godly relationships and share the Gospel? As Christians, we need to be careful what we ‘like and share’.

The wisdom of the wise is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools laugh at sin, but among the righteous there is favor. (Proverbs 14:8-9)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:1-4)

Do you show everyone how thankful you are to God because of all that He has done for you and then share obscene things on your Facebook page for others to see? What kind of impression do you think an unbeliever will have? If there are 500 million people on Facebook, I guarantee you that there is a large portion of them who needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What are you doing to get that message to them via Facebook? Will an unbeliever have the impression that you live a godly life or that you are just another hypocrite?

More importantly, what do you think God thinks of it? Do you not think that it breaks His heart? When Jesus our Messiah returns as King, will he find you faithful?

Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? (Proverbs 20:6) [See also Luke 18:8]

As a Christian, we should use every opportunity and every tool that we have to share the Gospel to a lost and dying world. (2Tim. 4:2) We are not to conform to the world but we are to confront sin with the purpose of helping people overcome their slavery to it. There are so many ways to share the Gospel on Facebook: Invite people to your church activities, promote good sermons and articles that share the message of the Gospel, or challenge people to study the Bible. You can also use Facebook to renew old friendships so that you can share how God has been working in your life since you last saw that person.

Why should we do all of this? Because God has blessed us so much! He has rescued us from our slavery to sin and has provided for our salvation so that we can have a relationship with Him! And He wants us to take this Good News to others.

Remember, we will have to give an account to God about what we did with the time He gave us on this Earth. His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. “Master”’ he said. “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.” His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:23-29) [See also II Corinthians 5:10]

If we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ one day to give an account for not only our actions, but for every idle word that we have spoken,(Mat 12:36-37) are you ready to give an account for the things that you look at and promote on Facebook? Will you be able to stand proud for the way that you used what God has given you or will you stand with your head hung in shame?

May the Lord help us to make the most of the time that we have and use Facebook as a great tool to share the Gospel with people instead of using it to promote worldly values.

Me & my band, Accidental Proffit, will be performing at Sokol Auditorium Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 for Raw ‘Generation’ Showcase.

RAW is made up of creative individuals across the United States & Australia. Its mission is to provide independent artists with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. All genres of art will be represented at the RAW Showcase in Omaha- including independent film, fashion, music, visual and performing arts, hairstylists, makeup artists and more.

Sokol Auditorium is located at 2234 South 13th Street Omaha, Ne. We encourage you to support the creative success of the many talented visionaries in our community who will be presenting their talents. This is a 21+ Event and Cocktail Attire is suggested. The event will run from 8 PM to Midnight. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance / $15 at the door.

Jesus said to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mar 16:15) I believe that this will be a great opportunity to share the gospel in a secular venue.  We encourage believers to come out and help us to proclaim the “good news” to those attending this event.

As many of you know, we normally do not charge for our music or shows, but RAW sets the price for tickets to cover expenses for the venue. So everyone who purchases tickets to support Accidental Proffit, (whether you attend the event or not) will receive a FREE copy of the ‘Living In Babylon’ CD.

Buy tickets: http://www.rawartists.org/omaha/generation/?artist=127161

RAW Generation Showcase

RAW Generation Showcase

William Booth was born in Sneinton, Nottingham, the only son of four surviving children born to Samuel Booth and Mary Moss. William’s father was wealthy by the standards of the time, but during William’s childhood, as a result of bad investments, the family descended into poverty and his father became an alcoholic. In 1842, Samuel Booth, who by then was bankrupt, could no longer afford his son’s school fees, and 13-year-old William was apprenticed to a pawnbroker. Samuel Booth died later that same year.

William Booth did not enjoy his job in the pawnbroker’s shop, but it made him only too aware of the poverty in which people lived and how they suffered humiliation and degradation because of it. Two years into his apprenticeship William Booth was converted and later became an evangelist. One day in 1865 he found himself in the East End of London, preaching to crowds of people in the streets outside the ‘Blind Beggar Pub’.

Slowly the mission began to grow but the work was hard and William would stumble home night after night haggard with fatigue, often with his clothes torn and bloody bandages wrapped on his head where a stone had struck him. Evening meetings were held in an old warehouse where urchins threw stones and fireworks through the window. It was not until 1878 when ‘The Christian Mission’ changed its name to ‘The Salvation Army’ that things began to happen. The idea of an Army fighting sin caught the imagination of the people and the Army began to grow rapidly. Booth’s fiery sermons and sharp imagery drove the message home and more and more people found themselves willing to leave their past behind and start a new life as a soldier in The Salvation Army.

Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. Sadly, many organizations like the Salvation Army, whose primary purpose began with winning souls and discipling new converts, have either become not much more than another social service program or have altogether dissolved.  Where are the William Booths–the Keith Greens–or the Leonard Ravenhills of today?

I fear they have been replaced with televangelists, computers, and iPhones. Our technology today gives us the ability to reach millions of people at once but it seems we don’t take the time to reach out to our neighbors right next door! And with all of our technology we’re no different today than we were during William Booth’s day:

In William Booth’s own words:

I pray that we all become more serious about the souls of mankind and Stand By The Door…

I Stand at the Door by Sam Shoemaker (from the Oxford Group)

I stand by the door.
I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out.
The door is the most important door in the world –
It is the door through which men walk when they find God.
There is no use my going way inside and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where the door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
With outstretched, groping hands,
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it.
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for men to find that door – the door to God.
The most important thing that any man can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands
And put it on the latch – the latch that only clicks
And opens to the man’s own touch.

Men die outside the door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter.
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live on the other side of it – live because they have not found it.

Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him.
So I stand by the door.

Go in great saints; go all the way in –
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics.
It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in.
Sometimes venture in a little farther,
But my place seems closer to the opening.
So I stand by the door.

There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them;
For God is so very great and asks all of us.
And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
And want to get out. ‘Let me out!’ they cry.
And the people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled.
For the old life, they have seen too much:
One taste of God and nothing but God will do any more.
Somebody must be watching for the frightened
Who seek to sneak out just where they came in,
To tell them how much better it is inside.
The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving – preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door
But would like to run away. So for them too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door.
Or the people who want to run away again from God.
You can go in too deeply and stay in too long
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him and know He is there,
But not so far from men as not to hear them,
And remember they are there too.

Where? Outside the door –
Thousands of them. Millions of them.
But – more important for me –
One of them, two of them, ten of them.
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.

I had rather be a door-keeper… So I stand by the door.

 

The following is from an email I received from a friend of mine who recently moved to plant churches in Chuvashia, Russia. It has convinced me even more how easy it is to recognize the opportunities God gives us to share the Good News of His salvation that is available to everyone and how much more we Christians need to be about our father’s business.

 

Hello from Russia!

I hope all is well. I pray continuously for my family and friends back in the states. I hope you are doing the same for us as we strive to reach people for Christ here in Chuvashia, Russia

We as Christians must be servants to others. This is the way Jesus lived and He is our example. Reaching out to others to help them while always looking for a way to sow the life of Jesus into someone else’s heart; this is the path of the New Testament believer. People are either missionaries or a mission field….there is no other way to look at it. Reaching out with the love of Jesus to every person we meet in our day to day activities is part of the strategy we have for Chuvashia. It’s called servant evangelism. This is an example.

I met Valentine (pronounced Val-ehn-teen) at the music store. I was there to look at electronic pianos for the little Baptist Church recently planted here in Cheboksary, Russia. I asked the store manager if I could play the instruments to judge the quality of their sounds. I played for about twenty minutes, touching on a variety of music and styles that were common for each varying sound within the instruments. As I stood to leave, I was approached by a man who identified himself as Valentine. He was about fifty and said that he was a very good drummer.

Valentine said he was deeply impressed with my playing and asked if I was available to play with their music group. I told him that I was not really interested in playing in a group, but thinking that this might be a divine appointment, I scheduled a meeting at their evening rehearsal Tuesday.

When I arrived at the rehearsal hall, Valentine and all the members of his group were there. Roman, a man about 55, was the lead singer and group leader. Dmitri, a young man that I would guess was in his late twenties played guitar. Nadia was a female singer in her late twenties. Jon, 56, played the bass guitar. Ivan, a man who I later learned was a neighbor to Baptist evangelist Chet Furrow, was also there. They told me that Valentine had spoken highly of me and upon his recommendation wanted me to help them with an upcoming concert. They said that they were unable to find a suitable keyboard player. I offered to play one concert with them for free (servant evangelism) as well as attend their rehearsals.

Since only Valentine had heard me play, they asked me to play something. So, trying to use the opportunity to the best advantage, I played Michael W. Smith’s arrangement of “Above All” and sang the song translated into Russian. They liked it. Testing my skills, then they asked me if I could play something faster. So I played the classical piece by Franz Listz, Paganini Etude no. 4, arguably the fastest piano music ever written. They were, at this point laughing that I chose a classical piece, but were none the less impressed. They asked me to play another song, so I played and sang a song that I wrote, entitled, “In Jesus Arms”. I thought that perhaps this, along with the Smith tune might provoke a spiritual conversation. After finishing, they asked me why I was singing songs about Jesus. This was my opportunity.

I told them that I had been a professional musician much of my life. I conveyed how I had achieved reasonable success in the states and had played with and shared the stage with many famous entertainers there. Despite this, however, I had a deep sense that something was missing. I told them how that, as a young man, I had believed that I was a Christian, even though I had never committed my life to the Lord. Then someone told me that I needed to be born again and at that point I knew that I needed to repent of my sins and to give my heart to Jesus.

I could see that there were mixed opinions in the room. So I simply asked, “Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?” Being Russian Orthodox, they all, of course, agreed. “Have you all repented of your sins and given your hearts to Jesus?” A short discussion followed and I began to sense a certain discomfort in the room. So I simply said that Jesus died for them, that God loved them and was ready to offer each and every one of them the gift of eternal life if they would give their hearts to Jesus. No one at that time was willing to do anything in front of the others.

After the rehearsal, however, Valentine and Dmitri approached me outside and we continued our conversation. Valentine was convinced that he was a Christian because he was a member of the Orthodox Church. He believed in God, he told me.  I opened my Bible to the Book of James chapter two where it says, “You believe in God? Good! Even the demons believe that, and shudder.” “Believing is not enough,” I told them, “The devil and the demons believe in God. You have to repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart”. After a long discussion, we prayed together.  Valentine and Dmitri accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, and offered themselves as servants to God.

All of this came about because I was willing to offer my services as a pianist to people who were in need. Always watch and be ready, because you never know when God will open a door to someone’s heart. God had been working in Valentine and Dmitri’s hearts for a while even before I met them. He called them to Himself and now they are children of God. Concerning the concert, I will be playing for free with them at the Cheboksary Community Auditorium on May 1.

Maybe Roman, Jon, and Nadia are next! Intercede in prayer for the people here in Russia. God is opening doors all around us.

Blessings to you, Mark

Many of us have been saved for years and yet we have failed to share our faith with others. Sometimes not even with our own family members! And yet Jesus commands us to do just that.  To some of us, the thought of witnessing to total strangers can be very intimidating. But actually sharing our faith with others is very easy, and it can even be great fun! Once you simplify it you will find that sharing your faith is the most exciting thing you have ever done! Sharing our faith with others is simply talking to people about a special person you know who has sacrificed his life so that you could live. I’m sure that those whose lives were saved by one of the many brave New York First Responders on 9/11 have no problem sharing their experience even years later with total strangers on the streets. How much more should we share our salvation experience with people at work, in cafes, shops, restaurants, banks, airports, or wherever people are?

God does not expect us all to be another Billy Graham speaking to thousands of people in different countries. We can speak to people of every religious background, every skin color; from people of high position in society, to the homeless, to convicts awaiting execution. Because evangelism is simply one beggar telling another beggar where there is food! Witnessing is so easy that even a child could do it. In fact, children make excellent evangelists! There are no special rules, and everyone has a different personality. And God can use all our different personality types in to spread His Gospel message.

Some basic concepts on how to share our faith

We need to keep in mind that nobody can lead a person to accept the salvation message of Jesus Christ, only the Holy Spirit can do that. All we can do is to go out, in complete submission in God’s Spirit, and allow God to do His work through us. There is no other way to succeed. Start with someone easy; an ideal first subject would be a nice person who goes to your church, but is not actually born again. (Believe it or not there are lots of them!) And you may want to write down important scriptures that pertain to salvation inside your Bible. Once you feel comfortable witnessing to people in church, you can move out to the highways and hedges.

Where did Jesus do His evangelism? Did Jesus conduct His evangelism in the synagogue on Shabbat? Maybe, but it’s not recorded that He did. In fact, Jesus spoke to people wherever they were, and usually one on one.  As he was walking along the shoreline, Jesus saw Peter, James, and John fishing and spoke to them right then and there. He didn’t invite them to come to synagogue where they could hear an amazing teaching about God and meet some very nice people who would accept them just the way they were. No! He spoke to them himself! And it didn’t matter to Jesus who they were or what they did. Jesus spoke to Matthew as he was collecting taxes. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus up in a sycamore tree he spoke to him while he was still in the tree, not in a church! When some men were about to stone the woman caught in adultery, Jesus didn’t condemn her but spoke to her about repenting from her sin!  Jesus even spoke to the repentant thief on the Cross!

Jesus sent out 72 disciples, (not 12 as is commonly supposed) and he didn’t send them to have evangelistic meetings in synagogues:  “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.” Luke 10:1-6.

Jesus sent his 72 disciples out into the villages and towns to minister to the people in their own homes, or on the streets of their neighborhood. And he has commanded us to go into the world in the same way! Do not expect the world to come to your church to be saved!  Jesus told us to go into the world to meet people. Jesus and His disciples did not conduct evangelistic meetings in the local synagogues but went to the surrounding villages, in market places, and in people’s own homes and streets! They didn’t bring the people to church but took the church to the people!  Do not try to get the unsaved people to your church.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Ask the priests what the law says: If a person carries consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated? The priests answered, “No.” Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?” “Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.” Then Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the LORD. Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.” Haggai 2:11-14  

Some insist that they invite unbelievers to church so they can hear the Gospel. To them I say, “Repent of your laziness!”  In the scripture passage above I compare it to hugging a pig or a skunk after you have showered and gotten ready for church. Will the pig or skunk become sweet smelling; or will you become stinky? Inviting unbelievers to church is not what scripture or Jesus recommends and it doesn’t work as well as going to the people. And if you’re concerned about how some people might react to you remember Jesus promises that, “If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.”

Where to witness:

Airports: People are bored at airports, and often have an hour or two with nothing to do other than drink coffee and keep an eye on the flight monitor. So it’s rather easy to strike up a conversation with someone there.

Convenient stores and Supermarkets: Stores are wonderful places to witness. Just talk to people; talk to other customers waiting in line; or standing in the produce isle; or talk to the cashier as they bag up your groceries. They will talk back if you show an interest in them!

Restaurants: Ask the waiters and waitresses what they recommend from the menu and order it. Then ask them if they’re having a good day. When they return to check on you ask them other general questions. When they return to your table for the last time with your bill you can ask, “Are born again?” (And make sure to leave a generous tip.)

There are many questions that you can ask people and if you are smiling and obviously look like you are sincerely interested, most people will answer. An opening line might be:  “How was your day at work today? Looking forward to the weekend? Happy the day is over?  The second question you can ask is: “What do you do for work?” And the third: “What would you do if you could pick your job?” By asking these ice breaker questions we are getting a person to talk about work; something that, if they are on their way home, is something that is still on their mind. It’s not important that they answer in a long sentence or a short one, your aim is to get a response so you can get to the next question. Because if you ask a person what they do for work, what they do for fun and if they have family that they live with, the person will answer the questions and after a pause they will usually ask you something. When they ask you, this gives you an opportunity to share your faith. Flow with the conversation. Don’t freeze up. This is a total stranger and it doesn’t matter if you strike out. The more people you speak to the more practice you will get. The more practice you get the better you become.

Just let the conversation flow. One of the keys to keeping a conversation moving is asking questions. Ask them about their profession. Ask them if they are happy. Ask them about their family. Ask them question after question. Questions are the key. You can always move a conversation along with questions. When I was in sales I found out whether it’s about their job, or home, or kids, people love to talk about themselves. I asked a lot of questions and I made a lot of sales.

Have simple stories that can express your faith in short sentences 

Once you engage in a conversation with someone they might ask, “What do you do for a living?” “I enjoy my job in sales,” I tell them. “But the money I earn helps me to fulfill my true passion.”  “What that?” They’ll ask again. “Part of the money I earn goes to buy food and clothes for homeless shelters. And helping others helps me have a closer walk with God. Do you have a faith in God?”

Watch for an opportunity to share your involvement in a ministry. When they ask, tell them what you do for a living, but then add that you get the most satisfaction from that ministry.  Many times little sentences are simply bait that you are throwing out. If they ask you more about what you have just said, then you go deeper into your faith and you can share more of the gospel with them.

Take an interest in the people you talk to

People generally like people taking an interest in them. So take a sincere interest in every person you meet and their occupations. Take the time to listen to their answers and questions. The more polite you are, the more polite they will be when you speak. People love to talk about themselves and they love to be given the opportunity to share things with people and get things off their chest. Witnessing is not pushing your faith on a person; it’s just taking an interest in a person. Many times a conversation is too short to share even a little sentence that expresses our faith with a person. Don’t stress about it. Just ask the Lord to bless the person. God knows what he wants to do with you and the other person. The questions that come to your mind are most often the questions God wants you to ask. And God will prompt you by His Spirit what questions to ask. The more you start conversations, the more practice you will have and the better you will become. The more you flow with the Spirit, the more you will be able to witness.

Be a seed planter

Some people need over 20 positive encounters with Christians before they are saved. Try to be one of the 20 some encounters that people need. Give them that positive push toward God. The Word of God is good seed, but the fruit of the Spirit is good seed also. You should try to let every encounter you have leave the person in a better way than when you met them. The more people you can encounter, the more seeds you can plant. Who are we to know what good God can bring from a positive comment to someone on their way home just after having a bad day at work that day? Who knows how many people are just so depressed that they can’t seem to go through the motions anymore and your comment brings them some light. Plant seeds, but let God make it grow!

How to get people to talk to you

Go out of your way to make a good impression on strangers. Sometimes at the checkout at the local store I’ll let someone go ahead of me in line, even if they have more items than I do. Once or twice the customer in front of me came up short and I paid the balance for them. It’s amazing how willing people are to talk once you’ve done something nice for them. There are tons of people that you can bless and start conversations with that are stuck behind a counter or in a long line at the grocery store. God may have set it up just so you can share your faith with them.

Fast food restaurants are also great places to witness. People in a line of four or five deep have a few minutes to wait before they are served so you can ask the person behind you: “How is your day? Just on a break from work? Or say with a laugh, “I’m watching my weight so I’ll limit myself to only 1,000 calories for lunch today.” and you’re off into a conversation.

Most important of all, be a praying person

Ask the Lord for divine encounters each day. Ask the Lord to order your day and help you to watch for opportunities he gives you. Pray when you get in the line at McDonald’s.

If you ask the Lord for divine encounters He may see to it that you get stuck in traffic on your way to the store that holds you up an extra five or ten minutes just so that you meet someone at the store who needs encouragement and is open to talking about God. There is another reason to be a praying person. If you have prayers being answered, as most of us do, they will be little gems of testimony that you can share with others, telling them how you prayed one week and how the answer came through. Then you can ask them if they have a prayer request!

The main thing God wants people to know is that He loves them. But how many really know that? How many people are divine encounters that you and I are walking past each day? We can start the conversations and we can get our faith sentence out and then allow God’s Spirit to take it from there. Believe me, if the person you are speaking to wants to hear more they will ask you, and if you are a praying person they will ask.

Most importantly:  Share Jesus in you with people before you share your faith in Jesus with them!