In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul unpacks five bedrock laws to keep in mind when you step out and share your faith
Most of us can strike up a conversation with a stranger. It might be a friendly “How are you doing?” or “What’s new?”
Getting past that–to sharing your faith–causes pain.
Why? Well, we know this: Nobody will like you. Or your message.
But you don’t have to feel hopeless.
While there are as many ways to share the gospel as their are Christians, some things remain steadfast when it comes to opening up and sharing the good news.
1. Don’t Cower
First things first: Assume people will reject you. Expect hatred, abuse and insult.
But here’s the deal–don’t give into evil. Don’t become fainthearted or crumble. If you do, you are useless to God.
2. Don’t Tamper with the Message
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word…. 2 Corinthians 4:2
Instead, be faithful to the entire message–no matter how hard or painful it is.
Look: In the lifetime of Jesus’ three year ministry, his message didn’t get easier. It got more narrow and tougher. Preach it pure.
3. Don’t Manipulate People
Manipulating people won’t help. Paul knew that the problem was with the people…not the message. The people were dead, barren in their soul.
Nothing is wrong with the message. So, music, drama and video won’t help it if the people are blind and dead.
Preach repentance and submission to Christ Jesus as Lord. Never surrender.
4. Don’t Seek Popularity
What should you seek? Simply this: Affliction, crushing persecution, being knocked flat and always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus.
When you preach the pure gospel, look for threats and insults. Ridicule and back-biting. Sneers and cowls.
Friends will slip out the back. Family will ignore your emails. Strangers will slam doors in your face.
Everyday Paul played his own funeral in his mind because he knew at any minute he could die. Yet…he never wavered.
5. Don’t Look for Earthly Success
Sometimes you’ll get no response. Sometimes argument. Sometimes laughter, sometimes anger.
But Paul said this:
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Remember, the gospel is for the humble. Only they need a physician.
And only those who will admit that they have the disease of sin will truly embrace the cure of the gospel by repenting and placing his trust in Jesus…and that won’t be very many people.
Learn how to present the work of the cross like Jesus. And keep your focus on the invisible and eternal. That’s where your reward will be, Christian.
**Part of the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Sharing the Gospel series.**