There are countless opinions on how to prepare yourself to share the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ with others. Some believe we must strive to create a strong charismatic persona that will help us to become appealing to those we wish to engage. Others believe we need to pack a whole lot of scriptures in our heads through memorization so we will have the words needed in any given situation. Many try to mimic their pastor, preacher, teacher, evangelist, bishop, minister, etc. Some will spend countless hours thinking about the specific words they will say to draw others in to listen to their message. Finally, far too many simply learn to tell people what they want to hear knowing that in doing so they will surely listen! All of these “strategies,” based on human thinking, provide nothing profitable to the kingdom of heaven. On one hand, if we gain positive results we will quickly “feel good” about what WE are doing for God. On the other hand, if things go badly we “feel poorly” and will soon become discouraged. In either case, we tend to base our experience of sharing the gospel with how others “feel” about the message.
However, Paul gives us a great example of how we truly need to approach sharing the gospel with others. “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith would not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). Here Paul reveals the problem with the modern human approach demonstrated and taught in today’s “Christian Religion.” These so-called bible-believing churches, just as the Jews before them, base their entire existence on manmade traditions and doctrines. In doing so, they reject a true spiritual leading and seek to qualify everything concerning their beliefs based on their own interpretation of the written scriptures. In the end, the Heavenly Father will rightly judge their foolishness.
Therefore, we do not need to worry about what we will say in any spiritual encounter during our remaining time here on earth. This includes everything from sharing the gospel, fellowshipping with true brothers and sisters to our times of worship with the Father! If we would all, by faith, simply trust the Lord we can be confident He will provide the words needed in any circumstance. Jesus told us that even in the very worst of situations we should not worry about what we should say. “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. On account of My name they will deliver you to the synagogues and prisons, and they will bring you before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to serve as witnesses. So make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Luke 21:12-14). This is not something that we will fabricate from memorized scripture or a demonstration of our well-polished charisma. The same goes for how Jesus will provide the message and dialogue needed when sharing the gospel with others.
Furthermore, just as with Paul’s example above, we find an example early on in the Book of Acts. “When they (the religious leaders) saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they marveled and took note that these men had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing there with them, they had nothing to say in response. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What shall we do with these men?” they asked. “It is clear to everyone living in Jerusalem that a remarkable miracle has occurred through them, and we cannot deny it. But to keep this message from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no more in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than God. For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:13-20). Although they were unschooled and quite ordinary, the power of God demonstrated through the Holy Spirit is what made the difference and not because they were “bible scholars.” In fact, the bible (revered by many as to what is responsible for their salvation) did not even exists back then! We need to learn to follow Christ, just as His early disciples did, and not rely on traditional interpretations of the scriptures based on human thinking.
Hence, the true follower of Christ need only surrender to do the will of the Father, and by faith, we can trust He will provide all our needs to include what we should say when sharing the gospel. The only preparation needed is a repentant heart willing to serve the kingdom. Thus, we do not need to worry about what we need to say or do. Instead, we must wholeheartedly allow the Father to do whatever He wishes to do with us. Not one of us knows the mind of God, thus how could we possible know what to speak or do without His guidance? Only the Father has the big picture, Jesus told us this repeatedly proclaiming that He Himself was here only to do the will of the Father. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). We need to stop trying to be in control and let go by trusting that God will guide our steps through the power of the Holy Spirit living within each true believer. This is what it means to walk by faith. Amen!
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