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Gently Evangelizing

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, why? Why do you follow Jesus? Why do you go to church? Why do you give your tithes and offerings? Have you ever pondered these questions? Peter says that we should be able to explain our hope in Christ. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:15b-16 (NLT):

And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Here’s the thing about sharing our faith: it should be done gently and respectfully. Being a Christian doesn’t make you better than anyone else. It just means that you’re forgiven. It means that you’re going to Heaven, but it isn’t because of anything you have done. It is because of what Jesus did. So we should share our faith with the humble awareness that our salvation isn’t about us. We shouldn’t beat people over the head with our faith. We need to be gentle and we should evangelize because we love people. You know, just the way we’d want someone to love us.


Are We Gentle?

Christians in America don’t have the best reputation. We’re known as many different things. We’re accused of being closed-minded, bigoted, homophobic, angry, judgmental and racist. We’re not known for the things for which we should be known. We’re not known as loving, kind, peaceful and gentle. The apostle Paul talked about that last one to the Philippians. He wrote:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

What if we could be known as gentle? What if we dealt gently with people who don’t know the Lord yet? Instead of being defensive, judgmental and angry, we need to be gentle and humble. Why? Paul said that the Lord is near. As time is winding down, we should be gently urging people to turn to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation. The more we yell, get defensive or judge, the less success we’ll have in convincing people that our gentle Savior is the Way, the Truth and the Life. So be gentle in your dealings with people today and may the Lord use our gentleness to open doors of opportunity to tell people about Jesus.

Spiritual Pursuits

Paul tells Timothy to pursue six things instead of money and wealth.
  1. Righteousness
  2. Godliness
  3. Faith
  4. Love
  5. Endurance
  6. Gentleness
We waste so much time in pursuing the things of this world that do not last and do not give any real satisfaction.  We pursue IRAs, new cars, new gadgets (guilty as charged), new clothes (again, guilty), stocks and jewelry.  The things made of silver and gold simply do not last.  They tarnish and rust.  They lose value the moment you drive them off the lot.  Markets crash and savings are lost.  Clothes go out of style or you put on too much weight to fit into them.  You drop your phone in a puddle (or worse) and your TV goes out.
But the six spiritual pursuits that Paul tells Timothy about never go out of style and they never wear out.  God honors the pursuit of these spiritual traits.  He honors a righteous life.  He lifts the godly.  He saves us by His grace through faith in Jesus.  He shows His love to those who love.  He rewards those who endure to the end.  He is gentle toward the gentle.  Do not pursue trivial things that do not matter or last.  They will only let you down or fade away.  Pursue the things of God and let Him reward you and lift you up.
1 Timothy 6:11-16 (NIV)
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

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