Molly, the horse, was a survivor from Hurricane Katrina. She was malled by a pit bull terrier in the aftermath of the storm and lost one of her legs through amputation. Rather than being put down, she was fortunate enough to be cared for by charitable group of people who fashioned a prosthesis for her amputated leg. The imprint of the bottom of the prosthesis was a “smiley face”. Every time she walks, she makes a “smiley face” imprint in the ground. As Christians, our goal should be to leave a positive mark on the people with whom we come into contact.
How do people that you come into contact with think of you? I’m not talking about your family or really close friends who have known you for years on end. I am talking about the people that work with you, your contacts, and those you rub shoulders with day to day or even occasionally. A lot of these folks are not believers, if you live in the same world that I do. To borrow a phrase from a good friend of mine, Jim Magruder, “are they getting a glimpse of God in you”?
We should have the attitude of a yearning to evangelize, looking for opportunities to share with those who don’t know Christ the “hope that is within us”. But this takes the work of the Holy Spirit working in us. Why? Because talking to an unbeliever about “The Cross” can be uncomfortable, even though you are leaving with that person a “positive mark” for the Lord. We can tend to shy away from the conversation.
“When true believers are awed by the greatness of God and by the privilege of becoming His children, then they become sincerely motivated, effective evangelists…With little strategy or effort they find fitting opportunities to share with seekers their confidence in God’s goodness, wisdom, and power. ‘I don’t know about you,” they say, “but I’ve found God to be so wonderful, I would be a fool not to serve Him.”—Bill Hybels, Honest To God?
“Christ commanded each one of us to be salt. Both His love for us and His perfection would not allow Him to command what we cannot fulfill. Each of us can get it done. We can all make it happen.” Bob Briner, Roaring Lambs.
We have this battle going on in us day to day as we interact with those around us. Should we say something or not, for the Lord? Sometimes we feel kind of wimpy in our defense, don’t we? And sometimes we feel like our offense has no starch in it. What I would like to do in the coming few blogs is to build our defense for Christianity. That way, we can be more effective in sharing Christ with the world around us. Believe me, you don’t need the spiritual gift of evangelism to evangelize and “spread the Gospel”. I want to look at six key reasons why the world questions Christianity, and how we can answer these questions in a sensible way. Then, we’ll look at methods of sharing the Lord.
In the next blog, we’ll look at a key reason why people question Christianity: Their doubt in the existence of God.
Like Molly the horse, let’s learn to leave a positive mark for the Lord, as we live day to day.