Read 1 Corinthians 9:22
Food is my love language. When someone says to me, “Hey, let’s go get some food; Taco Bell on me”, I am instantly inclined to make them my best friend. Randy Moomaw has paid for my Taco Bell many a time…I hold him in very high esteem…love that guy. Anyone who can intelligently talk about the menu at Taco Bell is a friend of mine. It’s a shared interest. An invitation to get some good food (yes, I would consider Taco Bell good food) is always my favorite.
When it comes to evangelism, I’ve never been the model evangelist. Sharing my faith with someone, much less a complete stranger, has always been something that has made me nervous. What if I say something wrong? What if they reject me? Will that ruin any friendship that I had with them?
In my 26 years of living, I have found that any successful evangelical conversation has happened with someone with whom I had a relationship. It is very hard to share your faith and have them listen to what you have to say, unless they trust you. I would consider myself a relational evangelist. I have spiritual conversations with them when they initiate or when their walls are down far enough due to my taking an interest in them that I can initiate a spiritual conversation.
First Corinthians 9:22 explains this concept very well. Paul is telling the church in Corinth that in order to reach people, he made himself like them. Now, this isn’t to say that he compromised himself and his values in order to reach people. Instead, he is saying that he became LIKE them, took an interest in them, so that he could reach them.
I think a lot of people would consider their evangelism to be a failure because they aren’t getting people to sign their commitment to Christ on the dotted line. How do you know if your conversation with them planted a seed that ended up sprouting in them making a decision for Christ?
With Welcome Weekend coming up very soon, this is a great opportunity to invite those that you have a relationship with: friends, family, neighbors, teachers, coaches etc. They know you and trust you. Why not invite them to experience Christ? What if they attended Welcome Weekend and ended up beginning life’s most important relationship? That’s what it’s all about!