Daily Disciples - Aug. 9, 2010
Today's Thoughts: Talk About Jesus
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17
After receiving a heartfelt email from a reader in Germany, we wanted to encourage all our readers to continue to share your faith and be a verbal light in a very dark outspoken world. We pray that as you read this devotional, you hear our hearts as an encouragement to yours to keep going and keep speaking the truth.
There are a lot of misconceptions about evangelism. First, evangelism means to share the good news of Jesus Christ. It is as easy as sharing your story (or testimony) of how Jesus Christ changed your life. No one can argue with your own personal story, and you do not need to know any Scripture verses to share your story.
How do I witness or tell someone else about Jesus? Well, there are three things that everyone loves to talk about: themselves, their work and their kids. I start asking tons of questions about each of these three things, to let them talk. After they have shared about themselves, they usually ask me something about myself. Before answering, I pray silently to the Lord for the right sentence to direct the conversation to Christ. I want to use all that the person has shared in a way to lead the conversation to the Lord. God has always honored my desire to witness. He has always given me the words and I have seen the fruit. I have seen many people (complete strangers) come to Christ in a variety of places, from hospital beds to airplanes, and even on the phone to an operator in another state who was helping me make a hotel reservation!
People need Jesus. I believe that so firmly that I share Jesus with every one that I can. Jesus wants people to come to Him. We are the bridge between Jesus and the lost (through the Holy Spirit). A long time ago, I learned that it is better to say the WRONG thing than to say NOTHING at all. The Holy Spirit will use anything to minister to a heart, but the words have to be spoken for Him to use them. The Holy Spirit needs two things from each of us: a face and a voice. Paul said, "faith comes from hearing the message" and how will anyone hear without someone telling them? (Romans 10:17)
Tell the world about Jesus, starting with one person at a time. Be sure you ask them, "Do you want to pray with me right now to come to know Jesus?" You will be shocked by how many say, "Yes, I do." And remember, God blesses obedience, not results. Be obedient to share the gospel and leave the results to God.
Our mission is to evangelize the lost and awaken the saved to live empowered lives by the Work of God and His Holy Spirit. Daily Disciples Ministries makes a difference for the kingdom of God by teaching and training believers how to be in God's Word, how to pray and how to walk with Jesus every day, as His daily disciple.
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