I’ve been asked by a ready, “How do I share the gospel?” I assume that sometimes what the person really intend to ask is, “How do I put the gospel into words and in a way that I can have a conversation with someone so it’s not weird?!”
First of all, the gospel message itself is simple. The moment you repented and believed, the gospel came alive in your life. As we know, it’s also a process of continuously building relationship with the Father and repenting and choosing to turn away from the snare of sin. Therefore, one way to share the gospel is to simply share it through your personal testimony. Things like how you came to faith, seasons you’ve gone through as a person of faith and how the Lord’s been working in your life. Second, sharing the gospel is sometimes awkward or uncomfortable but that doesn’t mean we get a “get out sharing the gospel card” where we pass Go, and collect $200!!! 😊 The Bible says that the gospel will seem as folly to those who are perishing but to those of us who are being saved it is the power of God! Some will even find it offensive. BUT, by the power of Holy Spirit, God commands and commissions us to share it! The gospel is alive through Holy Spirit so I almost hesitate in sharing this in writing, but below is one way to share the simple gospel message in 30 seconds ’cause sometimes that’s all we’ve got.
Case in point. One week I was pumping gas and a young man approached me asking if I had a few dollars so he could put gas in his car. I didn’t have cash but I told him I’d come to his pump and use my debit card to put some in. When I got there he had a friend in the car and both seemed to be under the influence of something. One of the car windows was missing and they had made a makeshift window with packing tape and it nearly broke my heart into pieces. I felt a nudge from the Spirit to share the gospel so I sort of poked my head through another window that was rolled down and got the attention of the young man inside, I looked at them and asked if I could tell them why I was putting gas in their car. They said yes. I gently pointed at each one of them and told them there is a God in heaven who loves them and sees them and then I shared the gospel in about 30 seconds. I told them I had been praying as I drove into the neighborhood for a meeting and that it’s no accident I met them. I told them the gas wasn’t a gift from me, but from God. I grabbed a gospel tract from my love crate in the trunk, handed it to them, told them not to take my word for but if what I said resonated to earnestly ask God to make himself known to them.
You see, it’s only by His grace and power that we even share the gospel. We’re not responsible for the soil it’s planted in nor the harvest. That’s the Lord’s work.
“God loves us. He chose us and sent his son to die for us. We can have eternal life through faith in him because he broke the power of death by his resurrection. We don’t deserve to live but God offers us salvation anyway. Accepting this gift of eternal life requires a response of turning away from our rebellion against God and turning to God in faith. It’s knowing that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins and trusting in the risen Jesus to save us from our sins.”He’s saved you and equipped you to do his work! YOU are a living testimony of the gospel message. It’s who you are!!!! Now, partner with God daily and ask him who he wants you to share it with and I have faith he will put people in your path and give you a hear for the lost.
Hey friend! Can I ask you a quick question? How deep do your roots go? And no, I’m not talking about hair color…ha! ha! You go girl with however you wear your hair:) What I am talking about is growing deep roots into God which is where we receive the nutrients we need for each day from him. This helps us become strong and vigorous in truth. If we grow roots into things that are not God it causes us to become weak and walk outside of truth. This is a dangerous and vulnerable place to be.
You see, the Bible tells us that the beginning of life with Christ is when we accept him as LORD of our lives. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Coming to faith is not just a one time choice or decision. It’s trading a life for a life (your life for the Lordship of Christ over your life). This passage of Scripture says we must “walk” in him, rooted and built up in him and strengthened in faith, abounding in thanksgiving. To walk implies to move, so then to walk in him means to (step-by-step) press on in him for all that he’s done for us.
How do we do this? By faith! God roots himself in us and at the same time we must also sink our roots deeper into him. The roots are not anything that can be seen by other people, but are our unseen “heart walk” with Christ. This includes our time in the secret place, spending time in the word, worship, prayer life, our thought life by trusting him for our day to day matters. From this place of intimacy with the Lord is where some of the seen fruit in our lives is birthed. By continually digger deeper with God and becoming dependent on him and he enables us to put our flesh to death (lusts, complaints, bitterness, judgements, jealousy, etc.).
Sister, growing in knowledge of Christ through Holy Spirit and the Word of God is our safeguard against false teachers and the spirit of the age that aim to blow us off course. Therefore, as we walk out this life, let us grow deep roots in him let our hearts abound in thanksgiving for his saving gift of salvation so that we may endure until the very end.
Growing up we always had a real tree. My mom always dressed it in white lights and a mixture of kid-made ornaments, ornaments she made, santas and classic pieces. In the the 17+ years Ricardo and I’ve been married we’ve never had a real tree until today. I still ❤️ our 17 year old artificial Charlie Brown tree and will put it up this year too.
We weren’t sure what to expect when we went to pick and cut down our own tree this morning; some of us (🙋🏼 hello frozen toes) didn’t plan ahead for the cold but we survived. First, we loaded up in a trailer with a bunch of strangers while a tractor pulled us out into a big honkin’ field with several groves of trees.
Ricardo cut that tree like a boss and he and Ethan blessed our socks off by hauling it across the field, to the tractor, to the checkout area and inside our home. I would, however, like to mention that at this point I was convinced my toes were nearly frozen and about to fall off so I placed my wool gloves on my feet and stuffed them back in my boots while we waited for the tractor to pick us up. You see, friends, I wore my favorite rubber boots without the wool inserts; not the way to wear those boots trapsing in below freezing weather. Have I mentioned I love my men?
To me, it’s not about the tree but about the experience of getting the tree and spending time as a family. Who knows what kind of tree we’ll go with next year, but for now, I’m thankful for this moment and gift of today with these crazies.