Many say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year–but what does it mean for evangelism? Christmas can be both the easiest and the hardest time of the year to share Jesus. On the one hand, it’s a great time to share as Jesus is topical and people who are usually not receptive to God might be more open!
On the other hand, we are forced into close quarters with family members, and sharing Jesus with family can be very different from sharing with friends. Why? We are way more emotionally tied to our family, even if we have a good relationship with them. So having meaningful faith conversations can be a daunting task during the holidays.
But don’t worry! We want to help you out.
It starts with patience and an openness to God’s nudges.
Be encouraged with these 3 ideas based right out of scripture:
1. Be patient
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
God is patient with those who haven’t repented, and His desire is for everyone to return to Him. So remember to be patient (like God) if you get frustrated that your family isn’t responding to your efforts to share Jesus with them. We can lean on His patience and know that He is waiting for them because He loves them.
2. Be open
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.”1 Corinthians 1:27
God’s penchant for using the seemingly insignificant to accomplish the profound, is that God can and often does work through the simplest acts or words, encouraging humility and attentiveness to His guidance.
We might find that our small, kind gestures carry significant weight in the hearts of our loved ones. Maybe your unsaved cousin or aunt or grandpa doesn’t need to hear about the theology of the Trinity; perhaps God, all-knowing and wise, knows that acts of generosity, words of affirmation, or simply a listening ear more effectively communicate His love to their situation. Maybe your role is simply to plant a seed of kindness or offer a non-judgmental space for dialogue. God’s leading might sometimes surprise you in its simplicity.
3. Be prayerfully aware
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”Philippians 4:6
Lastly, immerse this entire process in prayer. Pray for the discernment to notice when God is guiding you, the courage to follow His lead, and for your family to be open to God’s love and kindness shown through you. Thank Him for your family and for the future opportunities he will provide for you to share Jesus.
So, as we come into this Advent and Christmas season, spend some time in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight people and opportunities to share, and take some time to journal what the Holy Spirit reveals to you. We would love to encourage you to: be patient, be open, and be prayerfully aware.