I have never felt guilty or like I did the wrong thing after sharing about Jesus with someone. Never. It is kind of crazy. I think there have been times where I have pushed too hard, other times where I left truths out and was too soft. Other times where the person seemed in a rush and I was inconveniencing them. Other times where I felt very unsure before initiating the conversation, but EVERY SINGLE TIME my feeling after has been the same. I am glad I shared the Gospel. A peaceful feeling has followed, every time I decided to tell them about Him.
If you are not familiar with Soulja boy, he is a rapper who hit the scene with his 2007 song, “Crank That.” He is not a Christian rapper and I cannot condone his lyrics, but his rapper name is interesting. It is not just “Soulja Boy”, but rather the name on his albums is “Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em”. And that is the advice that we should take from him.
Dr. Bill Bright was a great evangelist who started Campus Crusade for Christ, a ministry which now shares the Gospel on 5,300 college campuses across the world. He gave some wonderful evangelism advice along these same lines.
“Failure in witnessing is failing to witness.”
He followed it up with a simple encouragement on how to “succeed” in your witness for Christ.
“Success in witnessing is sharing Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results with God”
My wife Rachel and I were discussing this principle recently and found both our experiences were the same. We never felt like we misstepped when we shared with someone, but we often felt guilt or unsettled when we passed an opportunity by. When you put each opportunity in view of eternity, this makes sense. God is in the business of rescuing people from hell and reconciling them to himself. He uses us to do this. 2 Corinthians 5:20 states, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God we’re making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” If an ambassador for the American government decided not to go on an assignment given by the President, they would probably feel bad too.
Here are 2 simple stories to illustrate this truth.
#1 Just this week, I saw a gentleman at a facility I where I was doing some grief counseling. As I walked by something in my Spirit leaped and I felt I should engage with him. But…I ignored it. After taking a few steps and seeing a tattoo of a devil/demon on his arm, I felt a confirmation in my Spirit that I had crossed his path for a reason. Maybe just to show him a loving Christian and plant a seed. However, I still ignored it. As I walked to my car, I felt I had missed an assignment.
I prayed in the car that God would send other believers his way and prayed for his salvation. But, it still didn’t cure my guilt. I will have to live with the “what if” of that missed opportunity.
#2 A few months back I had a few open minutes in my schedule. I needed a swimsuit so I decided to seize the opportunity to look for a swimsuit at the annual Dunham’s Sports tent sale! (Shout out to Dunham’s for offering sporting goods that I can afford, compared to Dick’s.) A young man directed me to the suits and I browsed them. Not really finding anything worth the purchase that would compliment my skinny beach body, I began heading back toward my car.
The young man who had helped me was by himself sorting a few items. I am unsure if I felt a strong prompting from God to talk to him, but I took a step of faith. I told him I was a Christian and asked if he had ever heard the Gospel before. He surprised me by answering, “No.” I shared how God loved him, but his sin had created a separation between him and God. Then I explained how Jesus had come and died in his place so that he could be reconnected to God and spend eternity in heaven. I then asked if he would like to put his faith is Jesus.
Sadly, he declined. But he cited that he felt he would need to learn more. And that is understandable. In the same way he would not marry a girl the first time he met her, he may not make Jesus the Lord of his life at first introduction. I am always encouraged by Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” Hopefully things work out for me like they did for Paul. Maybe some guy named Apollos will come along and seal the deal for my new friend.
Take the step of faith today. Tell someone. Silence the enemy’s voice and your fears and share your faith. As long it you open your mouth, you will succeed! Go and tell ’em. “And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” Romans 10:14.