Sharing the Good News to people has always been the objective of the church to obey Christ’s command to preach. Though the only idea we need to dwell on is “preach” but we have to make converts for Church to grow.
Many among us are very concerned of the truth that we share and I do not question the idea of sharing the TRUTH. It has caused debates and arguments for standing on what is right which I never directly say to be wrong. However, we are in the business of reaching out to people to teach and lead them to the Kingdom.
We have to realize that we have to do all we can to bring one or many souls to the acceptance of the truth. After bringing them to Christ, like a new born babe, we have to guide and teach them as they desire the sincere milk of faith (1Peter 2:2).
These are the common tips often forgotten by those sharing God’s word:
- Lack of HospitalityRelationship are not built with trust and closeness. How can you be concern of the spiritual needs and not be hospitable? Often, the attitude of the one preaching is being studied by prospects. When we show a good heart, eventually we may be more effective in sharing the truth.1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (ESV) and Matthew 12:35 “The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.”(ESV)
- Lack of SensitivityChristians should learn how to listen and read people – their weaknesses and strengths. When we are not sensitive to their life’s problem and are not willing to even offer any help, how can we convince them that we cared for their souls? Many are so impatient and not willing to extend what is necessary to be able to help and make him a brother or sister. 2 John 1:8 says; “Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.” Romans12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (ESV)
- Neglecting regular conversation.
Talking and spending good time, eating and coffee drinking seems to be so hard as we always count time so “precious.” We can watch games for hours and hours and yet we have not developed the ability to carry a conversation to the one we want to bring to our Lord. Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
- Not willing to spend
If bringing the word to the lost is sacrificial, it means we are willing to extend in our capacity what we have to build. We are building a Kingdom of God. Use money, time, mind and effort to advance the kingdom of God. Luke 6:38; “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Proverbs 28:22 “A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.”
- Too proud
If being denied hurts our pride, it is not us – it is our Lord’s. Remember, our Lord was denied, mocked and even people plotted to kill Him. This business is not ours but of the Lord. If we pursue and be aggressive, we still have not lost anything. Jesus said; ““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:11. James 4:6 says; “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)
David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada