Over the last few weeks, we’ve examined “What’s in a Name”, discussed the importance of taking the time to “Ask, Listen, and Observe”, and looked at the value of taking the time to “Relate” to those around us. Before we dive into a discussion about how best to use these techniques as a springboard to a Gospel presentation, however, there is one more important element to discuss: the importance of living the life of a servant.
This falls into the silent witness category and, for many Christians, is the number one easiest way to begin a discussion. While we can’t expect our actions alone to explain that Jesus saves, our actions can spark interest from the people around us. And they may even cause them to ask us why we live the way we do! Living the life of a servant isn’t always easy, so here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction:
Don’t be in a hurry. It can be easy to get so caught up in finishing our grocery shopping or getting to that hot rock concert that we miss opportunities to be a Biblical servant. Always be ready and willing to help someone in need, whether it’s the lady with three kids and a cart full of groceries who just can’t quite lift that bag of dog food or the boss who is crunched for a deadline.
Yes, this means that we need to carefully evaluate our own commitments. It’s wonderful to be regularly involved in the life of your congregation, but it’s also easy to become so involved that we spend more time doing things for God than being available for Him to work through us! And the same goes for every one of our other commitments. Whenever something other than God begins to take over our lives, we need to stop and reevaluate. Keep your schedule free and flexible and see what wonders God will perform!
Don’t wait to be asked. If you see someone struggling to meet a need and you have the time and means to help, then do! A single act of unsolicited kindness may be enough to form a relationship with someone who has experienced very little kindness in their life. And repeated acts of kindness can help soften even the hardest of hearts.
Always be ready. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” And Colossians 3:23 commands, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” This may, perhaps, be the greatest witness of all. Everything you do and every interest you have can bring glory to God, even if it does so indirectly. No hobby, sport, club, association, or after school activity comes without opportunities to live a life of service towards others.
A friend of mine used to play his guitar in a bagel shop every Saturday. I’m aware that some Christians would not have considered this appropriate since, for the hour that he was there, he never once sang a Gospel song. The name of Christ never exited his mouth. He could have been doing dozens of other things, but instead, he was serving others through his music. Afterwards, people would come up to him and ask him why he did what he did. You can be sure that his answer was all about Jesus!
Not every interest or hobby we have is going to show a direct connection to sharing God’s message, but each one provides us with an opportunity to relate to our fellow human beings. Remember that God created you a unique person and your interests and skills give you an opportunity to reach out in service to those who otherwise might never see the Gospel message in action!