I totally relate with David Platt when he says, “My mind tends to wander toward grandiose dreams and intricate strategies¹”. I remember knocking on doors every Thursday night with a team of “soul-winners” in the 80’s. The thrill of potential rose from my gut as we stood on porches, poised to change a life with the Good News. That thrill was most often extinguished by excuses, Southern Christianity, and a closed door.
Platt offers a Jesus-strategy for sharing the Good News. It is a method far more effective than cold-calling sinners.
I see Jesus simply, intentionally, systematically, patiently walking alongside twelve men. Jesus reminds me that disciples are not mass-produced. Disciples of Jesus–genuine, committed, self-sacrificing followers of Christ–are not made overnight.¹
Sharing the Gospel as I walk means I have to walk with people who are not like me. Here, I falter. I am guilty of surrounding myself with people like me–Bible-quoting, praying, light-shining believers. Such a blessing to have, but I have to push away from the table of sameness and eat with sinners (Mark 2:13-17).
If we want to be like him, then we must do everything we can to maximize the time we spend outside of our church buildings. We must be as intentional with our evangelistic efforts as we can be so that we can connect with hurting people at their point–and place–of need.²
(That book is good. I want to keep quoting as the whole thing is marked up with bright blue highlighter. Read it. Please.)
When you rub elbows with people who have walked a different path than you, it can cause hesitation. Shannan Martin gets gut-honest about it: “Words escape me when it comes to restraining orders and meth cookers and kids who don’t know their mamas.” Head over to Flower Patch Farm Girl to read about the struggle of being verses saying. What do you do when “you need Jesus” is not enough?
Then there’s these two. And this movement. In between diaper changes and lunchroom visits, I plan to soak in some Truth from this abundant resource. In the meantime, watch with me as Francis Chan and David Platt talk about it.
It’s an “overflow of really knowing Jesus,” y’all. I can do that. You can do that.
Let me leave you with these thoughts on sharing Light.
Those glow in the dark sticks, they shine so bright when first opened. They catch the eye in the dark. The longer they are in the dark, the less they shine. But, that is not the end. If you let the dim stick sit near a bright light, it regains it’s strength to shine again.
Isaiah 60:5 says “Then you will look and be radiant.” We shine so bright after first looking into the Light. Excitement radiates out of us like a lamp in the dark. It seems the longer we spend in the darkness, the less our light shines. The sin and the stress start to extinguish the light. When we return to the Light, we are fueled to shine again. To shine in the darkness; to catch the eye of someone searching. “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:3).
Isn’t that the point? To let our light shine before men that they might see His brightness in us and praise our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16). Who will you shine for today?
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¹David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream (Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2010), 93.
²Aaron Chambers, Eats with Sinners: Reaching Hungry People Like Jesus Did (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2009), 42.