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How do we start a conversation about our faith with a total stranger or with a colleague at work? Blogger Foluso Aloko, says that sharing the Gospel is simpler than we sometimes anticipate.
The Great Commission
And he said to them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...” (Mark 16:15). This was the last command Jesus gave his disciples before he returned to heaven after His resurrection. It is a command that still stands for all Christians today. Irrespective of whether you are a pastor, evangelist, reverend or not, God expects all Christians to be involved in sharing the good news of His love with as many people as possible. We should be the light in our families, neighbourhood, communities and the world at large by spreading of the gospel (good news) and love of Jesus Christ by public preaching or personal witness. Acts 5: 32 says ‘We are witnesses of these things…’. A witness in court is a person who speaks about an event based on what they saw or experienced and that is what we are required to do – tell our story.
In the mornings, people appear to be in a hurry to get to work, do the school runs or just get about their day. By evening, they are exhausted after a long day and not in the mood for such a conversation. The timing or place just never seems appropriate or convenient
The Great Challenge
If all we are expected to do is to tell our story as witnesses, why then does it sometimes seem difficult? I believe that there are various reasons why we sometimes find it difficult to share our faith with the people around us – neighbours, colleagues or even strangers.
A lack of understanding is one reason. A good understanding of why it is necessary and urgent to preach the gospel is important, otherwise we may not see a reason to do so. If we could see the danger that people are heading for, surely, we would warn them.
One question people ask is ‘how?’. I can imagine the disciples wondering how Jesus expected them to go into all the world knowing that they had never gone beyond Galilee, Jerusalem and environs. But how would we have been saved if they did not risk everything, leave their comfort zones and familiar territory to preach the gospel?
How do we start a conversation about our faith with a total stranger or with a colleague at work? A lot of organisations will frown at sharing of religious materials in the work place. In the mornings, people appear to be in a hurry to get to work, do the school runs or just get about their day. By evening, they are exhausted after a long day and not in the mood for such a conversation. The timing or place just never seems appropriate or convenient.
Another reason why people find it challenging to share the gospel is fear. Let’s face it – the world we live in today has generally become hostile to Christians. Christians in many countries are constantly persecuted for their faith is various ways. Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes it is very subtle. A lot of people live in fear of being politically incorrect and are careful not to offend others. This problem is really not new. Throughout history, Christians have always been persecuted for their faith so these issues should not stop us from sharing the gospel.
The Great Opportunity
In a world where there is so much bad news, people need something to give them hope and comfort. Everyone needs to know that they are loved by God and that He yearns to have a relationship with them. The lonely man at the end of the street, the lady who has just gone through a divorce, the single mum struggling to raise her kids, someone who has just been diagnosed with a terminal disease, teenagers struggling with bullying or peer pressure, children in poverty stricken countries, the homeless people on our streets, the drug addict and the alcoholic, even those who appear to have it all together – everyone needs encouragement, hope, and the unconditional love of our heavenly father. If we look around us, there are opportunities everywhere for us to share our faith and the love of Jesus.
What we post and share on our social media platforms can go a long way to reach out to people.
We all love to talk about the weather and the issues we see on the news. It’s a lot easier to talk about such issues especially when they affect everyone. Such discussions always present an opportunity to share our faith so we must always look out for them and take advantage of them.
How about social media and technology? How do we use these tools? While some of us may never be preachers standing on a big stage preaching to hundreds of people, technology and social media has presented a huge opportunity and an avenue for us to spread the Word and reach out to thousands of people across the globe – including people we have never met.
What we post and share on our social media platforms can go a long way to reach out to people. If we all make a commitment to posting or sharing a quote from the Bible daily, weekly or monthly, it will go a long way to start a fire that will easily spread. Blogging is another way to share our faith and it is very easy to create a simple blog on the internet which is accessible to people globally.
My guideline for posting or sharing on social media or on the internet is Philippians 4: 8 – Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (share these things).
Let’s all think about how we can be light in our world using all the resources available to us today.
Written by Foluso Aloko
Foluso is a Senior Consultant in ICT, with a passion to bring praise and glory to God, inspire, encourage and motivate others through music, service and creativity and bring hope and support to the under privileged.