FIRST-PERSON: You can do this
PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- Let's suppose that your boss is not a believer and you are personally assigned to tell him or her about God.
This is not an imaginary story; it's a fact. God has commissioned every believer (that's you) to share His plan of salvation with those who don't know Him.
Sharing Jesus with others is really much easier than you may think. Lost people are often more anxious to hear God's Good News than we are to tell it.
Begin today by taking this simple three-question quiz.
Question #1: In your normal pattern of life, where do you mingle with non-Christian people?
Think hard. The answer could describe the focus of your personal mission field.
Is it around the water cooler at work? At your tennis match? In your neighborhood or favorite coffee shop or gym? At your cancer treatment center? At your children's ballgames or on the playground? As a volunteer in a local nursing home or in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief? Maybe it's in a professional organization or community group.
As you live among unbelievers, be sure to "make the most of every opportunity" (see Colossians 4:3b).
God has strategically placed you in every circumstance of life. "But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me" (Matthew 10:18b). If you're a lawyer, you're a lawyer for Jesus. If you're a commuter, you're with a busload of people who may need Jesus. Whatever you do, "do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings" (1 Corinthians 9:23).
Remember that the first word of the Great Commission is "go." If you truly don't ever have contact with unbelievers, perhaps it's time to take a class, join a club or meet your neighbors.
Question #2. As a Christian, can you express some ways God has impacted your life this week?
It's one of the most effective ways to share Jesus -- just tell your personal story. In everyday conversations, give God the glory for blessings and tell about how He helps you through difficult circumstances. As you live for God and tell stories about how God works in your life, "many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:3b). Now that's an exciting Scripture.
Consistently share your personal daily God-stories. Pray for listeners. Tell them more about God. Invite them to church. Introduce them to their Savior. "But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done" (Psalm 75:9a). Your story is effective.
Question #3. Will you count it a privilege to share Jesus with others?
Jesus has commissioned every believer to intentionally tell others about God's salvation plan. "Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you" (2 Timothy 4:5).
Sharing about Jesus is not a punishment; it's an enormous joy and privilege. You are God's representative! "So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20a). The apostle Paul said, "Though I am the least deserving of all God's people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ" (Ephesians 3:8).
You can do this. Today, look at the mission field around you. Tell your personal God-story. Treasure the privilege of representing God to those who don't yet know Him. God has entrusted you, His follower, to share His salvation plan, to tell others about your Savior.