God desires that people know Him. Why did Jesus come? What is Christmas all about? Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus wants us to join the search team. How do we do that? It starts with prayer. You and I can’t save anyone. Salvation is all of God (Jn. 6:44). Pray that God will show your lost friend or family member their need for God and that He will put a desire in their heart to want to know Him. Second Corinthians 4:4 says that the devil is blocking their view of God. Pray against whatever is in their way. Pray for God to remove obstacles. Pray for God-moments and opportunities to talk to them about the Lord and to invite them to church. Matthew 5:13 (MSG) says, “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” We are here for those who are not yet here! Salt makes everything taste better. It makes you thirsty! If we are not going to be His witnesses, He can put us on a shelf. We are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). In addition to praying, we need to share. Paul talks about faith, hope, and love in 1 Corinthians, Colossians, and 1 Thessalonians. We witness to others by sharing all three.
Share Your Love
One survey says that 88% of people will come to Christ only if they meet a friend who is a Christian. The reverse is also true. If they meet a Christian who does not look like Christ, 88% of people are likely not to. A determining factor is you and me. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” When others see these fruits in us, they will want what we have. “Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.” Your attitude is more important than your actions. We live in a negative world. Everyone is mad at the world/everything. We are called to be different. Look for common ground not battleground. Don’t argue over politics, sports, or family issues (2 Tim. 2:23). Listen to people. I am not asking you to agree with their perspective but listen to it and try to understand where they are coming from. Love people with an unconditional love. We can accept them without approving of what they do.
Share Your Hope
First Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect….” You don’t have to have the answer to every question. You just need to give an answer for the hope in you. When people share their problems, pray for them on the spot. We all go through the same things in life. If you can relate to what they’re going through, tell them. Share your story and how you found hope. Tell what your life was like before Jesus and then after. Christians are not perfect, but we are forgiven. Jesus said in Luke 14:23, “Go out into the highways and hedges and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.” Christmas is a great opportunity! Invite, invite, invite.
Share Your Faith
In Colossians 1:4-6 Paul says, “for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world….” Look for opportunities to share your faith. People don’t want religion. They want to know God. First Peter 2:9 says we were chosen so that we might proclaim God. Acts 1:8 says that we are His witnesses. Corrie Ten Boom said, “When I enter the beautiful city and the saints all around me appear, I hope that someone will tell me, it was you who invited me here.” Colossians 1:27 says that Christ in us is the hope of glory. Will you share your love, hope, and faith this Christmas season so that others may know Jesus?