If we’re to be purposeful Christians, then we cannot ignore the Great Commission and the lost and needy all around us. Jesus used the most ordinary things to lead people to Himself. At a well, He spoke of Himself as the Water of Life that quenches a deep thirst. To the hungry, He presented Himself as the Bread of Life. To the crippled and sick, He was the One who could make people whole.
Serving others around us opens the door to share our faith, but we must remember to do just that; share our faith. Think about it. We take a piece of cake to a neighbor who is homebound. Or, as a church, we serve a meal at the homeless shelter. In themselves, these are positive activities. But do those actions, in themselves, point to Christ?
Jesus told us in Matthew 28 to “teach” the Gospel to others (v.v. 19-20). So how do we “teach” without words? You can’t. While an act of kindness is wonderful, it points no one to Christ. The Gospel must be spoken. Without words, we alone receive credit for our actions. Our actions must give God the credit He deserves.
So, how do we serve others and be a witness for Christ?
Get your church involved. Set up a prayer booth at a local farmers’ market or festival. Take the time to ask people about their spiritual life. Many are open to hear the Gospel. Hold a free carnival or barbecue in a trailer park or low-income area neighborhood. Volunteers can engage in conversations about Jesus while sharing a meal with them.
Reach out to local schools. Set a booth up at a local college during fall enrollment or at a campus festival. Make it fun, but also take time to engage with students. Be sure to follow up with them throughout the year. Establish an after-school program or volunteer to tutor elementary students. One church offered food and clothing to children who had attended a Gospel presentation.
Don’t forget the people around you. One man gave blessing bags to homeless men in his city. Each bag contained food, hygiene items, and spiritual literature. Another couple purchased a few Christian DVDs after each paycheck to give to friends and co-workers. Each week, they prayed for God to open a door to share the Gospel. And God did! In one year, they lead five people to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Get creative! Look for small acts of kindness that you can do every day. But also look for openings to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You’ll be surprised at what God will do!
Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO or Evangelism Explosion International, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for more than 50 years. For more free tips and resources, visit evangelismexplosion.org.