Here are some questions I found on the internet that are worth our consideration. Before we ask ourselves these questions - consider the following verses of Scripture, and let us take them to heart: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed" (1 Pet. 3:15,16).
Do I have a faith worth sharing? Do I have friends with whom I can share my faith? When was the last time that I spoke of my faith in a conversation with non-believers? What are the boldest words of Scripture I have spoken or the boldest action I have taken for Christ in the past month? If a non-Christian asked me why I am so into Christ, could I tell him or her why? And if I can, would I deliver a long monologue, or would I hunker down for a soul - deep dialogue?
Can I listen carefully to the other person's questions and relate my experiences and the gospel to their questions and problems? Can I talk about my faith in everyday language? That is can I use contemporary words that can be understood by non-believers? In two minutes or less, could I tell a non-believer how Christ changed my life? Do I ask people to cme to the assembly of the church because I am afraid (or uncomfortable) to talk to them about becoming converted through the Lord Jesus Christ? Do I eagerly jump at the opportunity to say a word for God in conversations, or do I shy away for fear of being politically incorrect? Do I talk about my faith as an everyday reality and necessity regardless of who is around me? If I knew for certain that the Lord Jesus would return next week at this time, which non-believer would i want to share the Gospel with immediately?
Can people tell that I am "different," can they feel that an extraordinary
love lives within me, and that I am directing that love toward them? And, finally,
do I think of God as being there to serve me, or do I think of myself as being
the one who should serve Him? Why are these questions or any other similar questions
that would make us evaluate our personal evangelism so important? Again, consider
the following words of the apostle Paul: "Walk in wisdom toward those who
are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned
with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one" (Col. 4:5,6).
Also, Paul told the Christians at Corinth: "Examine yourselves as to whether
you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you\-- unless indeed you are disqualified?" (2 Cor. 13:5).
By Ron Drumm.
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