Daring to Share
November 1, 2003 - Bringing Jesus Christ into daily conversations is not difficult, says Greg Stier, founder and president of Dare 2 Share Ministries. More than that, he says, "Because the Gospel is the best news in the world, why wouldn't we share it with as many people as possible?"
by Greg Stier
I was at a Corvette show, looking at a car—not thinking about witnessing—I was just in awe of this Corvette. Suddenly, the guy next to me said, "That thing goes 145 mph."
"Can you imagine getting in a wreck going that fast?" I asked.
"Dude, man, you would be dead," he said.
"Ha, I would be so glad."
"Well, I'm going to heaven when I die, so being dead is bad, but being in heaven is cool."
"You don't know that you're going to heaven," the man said.
"Yes, I do."
"Tell me how," he said. So I shared the Gospel with him.
People who meet me soon know about my wife, my baby boy and, pretty soon, even my dog. If I'm going to tell somebody about my dog, you can bet I'm not going to hesitate to tell somebody about the No. 1 love of my life—Jesus Christ.
When I look in the Book of Acts, I see Christians who were unashamed, excited, loving, bold. I think we've lost our boldness. We should be bold because we have good news. It's grace. It's cool.
Turning conversations toward Jesus is easy if we're aware of the opportunities. When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well, in John 4, He talked about a cup of water, then about Living Water. Early in the conversation He spoke of sin and hope and forgiveness.
A conversation is like a river, and you can guide it. Whether you're talking about a movie that has spiritual undertones, about your favorite team—and your favorite player who happens to be a Christian—or about your family's plans on Sunday, you can be creative and can find ways to bring Christ into the conversation.
I'm not ashamed of the Gospel for "it is the power of God unto salvation" (Romans 1:16, KJV). The Gospel is like a grenade—it doesn't matter who throws it, Billy Graham or a 12-year-old girl, it's going to explode. According to Paul, the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it's the power of God—it's a message that transforms!
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