Whenever you share Jesus, it’s a significant moment. That unnoticed act of generosity, a short prayer or word of encouragement – these are not insignificant.
Jesus said the harvest is plentiful, but you’re not the only worker. You can’t do it all – but you can do something – start with the people in your world and if we all do our part, together we will have an incredible impact!
Living as a Christian in everyday life can feel isolating. Perhaps you’re the only Christian at your workplace, or in your family, or all your friends are non-Christians. Christians aren’t exactly the cultural majority anymore. It’s easy to think that, because of this isolation, what you do doesn’t have any impact. That’s not the truth!
We all have a part to play in this ongoing movement of people sharing their faith.
When we talk about Jesus with others, we join countless believers who have been spreading the Gospel since the early church. Think about that for a second: that’s two thousand years of evangelism–a powerful story passed through the hands of an unthinkable number of known and unknown people, notable and faceless saints. Our collective effort is much more significant than any of us individually, and every conversation, prayer, and act of kindness adds to the good work of helping God build the Kingdom.
To fully embrace your role in this movement, it’s essential to see evangelism as more than just a single event or a one-off chat. It’s about living a life where you intentionally look for opportunities to share Jesus with the people around you.
This can look like explicitly sharing your faith in a conversation, living a life that makes people ask questions about Jesus, and also just living ready for when questions come.
As you do this, you’ll start to see it has ripple effects on those around you. Your willingness to share your faith can inspire others to do the same, creating a chain reaction that reaches far beyond your immediate circle. In this way, your small acts of faith make a huge difference in the world.
Being part of a global movement starts with being part of a local movement. To equip yourself to be used by the Holy Spirit, invest yourself into your church community, your connect group, or a bible study. Look for resources to train you in how and why to share Jesus. And spend lots and lots and lots of time with Jesus. Surround yourself with people that will encourage and challenge you.
Take an active part in the yesHEis community. This is a space where we support each other, share experiences and celebrate the impact of people just like you. Together we’re helping the world know Jesus.
You’re not the judge, the prosecutor, or the defence attorney. You’re a witness.
Pray, listen and act.
Invite the Holy Spirit into every part of sharing Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit for opportunities to share Jesus with people.
Practice saying ‘yes’ to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Be ready to pray with someone, tell your story, explain the gospel, or to invite people to church.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how he is working in the people you know and meet, and how you can be part of it.
Read a good book on community: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, Keep in Step with the Spirit by J I Packer.
Read the story of Philip the evangelist in Acts 8.
Revelation 3:8 (ESV)
I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NIV)
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Psalm 127:1 (NIV)
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Lamentations 5:21 (NIV)
Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old.
Acts 26:16-18 (NIV)
Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.