One of the hardest things for believers to do is to reach people in their communities with the Good News. First, we seem to assume that everyone in the United States already knows the Gospel. However, I am learning that there are more and more people that do not know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why sharing with our neighbors means more than inviting them to “Church” but it means establishing relationships and sharing with them what Jesus has done fo...r us.
Secondly, it is finding a way to reach them where they are. I love what Paul does in Acts 17 in Athens. He first strolls about the city and recognizes that it is filled with idols from all sorts of gods and religions. But what he confronts the people with is the statue of the unknown God. In verses 22-23 he states, “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”
I love what Paul has done, he has briefly gotten to know the people and yet has found an “in” with them. It is that simple with us, are we getting to know people to find a friend or to find the “in” to proclaim the Gospel to them. Being someone’s friend is awesome but being their brother or sister in Christ is even better. But for that to happen they must hear the Good News of Scripture. We have to find a way to reach the people where they are in their lives.
My challenge this morning to you is to start seeking out a way to present the Gospel to people, not in YOUR way, but in a way they will understand. They may listen and they may not, just the same way in Athens for Paul. But what you will have gained is an insight and heart for the person you are trying to share with. That is what love is all about, trying to invite them to Christ while having a heart for their situation in life.
Peace be with You and Blessing,