First of all, the desire for people to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally, must come from within them. And that desire will be there if you are living the full Christian life with a close personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. You would be rejoicing that you are no more in the kingdom of darkness and you are now in the kingdom of light. Having all this, you will long for people you know and love – your family and friends – to also come to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and have the eternal life that He offers. Before you even say a word to them, what is important is that you pray for them that their hearts and minds will be open to receive the Gospel.
We can’t save anybody
The Apostle Paul says, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17). He also says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God for the salvation of every one who believes” (Romans 1:16). So, the Gospel itself has the power to save. We don’t have to worry if our words are moving enough or persuasive enough. We cannot save anybody, not even ourselves. This must be made clear to the person you are sharing the Gospel with.
Telling people how you got saved, is one of the best ways to share the Gospel. However, you don’t have to hold yourself responsible for their response. Jesus tells us in Mark 4:3-20 that we can expect one of four different responses when we share the Gospel with someone:
- The person rejects the Gospel, because Satan steals the word from them (Mark 4:15).
- The person initially responds with joy, but when persecution comes they will reject Christ (Mark 4:17).
- The person hears God’s word, but desires of this world choke the Word, so that ultimately it is also unfruitful, and the person rejects Christ (Mark 4:19).
- The person believes and is faithful in serving God (Mark 4:20).
When you see the lives of people changed after they have received Christ as their Lord and Savior, their passion to share the Gospel will become greater.
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