Everyone who knows the good news of the Gospel feels willing to share it with others. In our mind immediately comes our circle of family, friends and neighbors who are unaware of this wonderful Truth.
The first to hear about our experience are those of our own home, since most of us did not have the privilege of being born in a Christian home.
But it is precisely at this hour that many make a mistake on not knowing how to pass something so precious without being inconvenient, excessive or annoying.
There are many people who could be so influential in an extraordinary way if they were wise in evangelizing, since it’s not only their words that speak, but their attitudes as well.
A few years ago I met a person who created a tremendous disharmony in his family because his words at home were always filled with threats. He used “hell” to terrorize the minds of his loved ones and force them to convert. Along with this, he was still meddling in everyone’s life to reveal what “sin” and what the “devil” was. His wife commented that even the neighbors complained about him, because every time he washed the car he would play loud gospel songs, or the pastor’s message, so that everyone would be “evangelized.” There were even days when he would “anoint” the streets and the doors of his other neighbors in a very noisy way.
The man was well-intentioned, but he acted very differently from what is advised in the Scriptures. Our mission is not to drag people into the church, but to bring them to have a genuine faith. Evangelizing means to speak, to give our testimony, to listen to questions and be prepared to even receive a “no” as an answer. But it can never be to impose or repeatedly insist until it irritates others.
I have learned that each person takes their own time (for some, this process is slow) and we need to respect that, to have patience and be wise, especially with our relatives.
Something important to think about evangelism is: how are we contributing to the way others read us? If our life gives a message to outsiders that being a Christian is boring, full of prohibitions and obligations, it makes sense that by being invited to be with us in the church, these people will reject us. It’s very important that our life became better after becoming a Christian, otherwise, no matter how good our speech is, it will have no return.
To finalize, who convinces humanity of its mistakes and awakens the desire for a new life is the Holy Spirit. Our words are only co-helpers in the process of conversion.
Therefore, evangelize and spread the love of God without attacking, without offending and without being annoying, because otherwise you hinder instead of helping!
See you next week.