“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15
Jesus’ parting words to his followers were “Go, and make disciples…” (Mt 28:19-20) It is clear that we are to be up front in our witness. We are not to sit back and wait for others to come to us. In our complicated and fast-paced world, others are not quick to discern “the hope that is within us.” We must take the initiative by speaking and serving in the name of Jesus. We are to plant the seeds. The Holy Spirit is responsible for the growth and harvest.
What kind of witness is effective and faithful to our heritage as Lutheran Christians? Quite simply: Invitational Evangelism. A witness that respects the space and needs of the other, yet confidently and courageously issues the invitation to “come and see.” This kind of witness is not threatening or coercive, nor does it require one to sign on the dotted line. It invites. Gentleness, reverence and a faith grounded in action are keys to witnessing on a daily basis.
Use the suggestions in this link to help you discover creative and courageous ways to share your faith on a daily basis: Tips for Creative and Courageous Faith Sharing in your Daily World
Finally, remember to ground and center your faith sharing in prayer. Pray for guidance, opportunity and courage to share your faith on a daily basis.
“Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Writer: David Poling-Goldenne