Note, Tim Utekal Wrote this post on the gospel as a guest author.
As Christians, it is our joy and privilege to share the gospel with others. We were brought from death to life through the power of Christ, and we’re clearly commanded in the Bible to share that miracle with the rest of the world. However, sometimes we fail to evangelize in the way Jesus calls us to. Here are two equally important things to remember when being a witness for Christ.
Show the gospel
Sometimes we get so caught up in sharing the truth of the gospel with others that we forget to live it out ourselves. Personally, I’ve fallen into this trap many times before. We talk about the Holy Spirit changing people from the inside out, but on the external, we look just like the rest of the world. In Matthew, Jesus tells His followers to let their internal transformation be reflected by their good works.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Christians were overflowing with the joy, peace, and security that should logically characterize us? If we present the gospel to our friends and yet fail to show how it actually changes us, we discredit the very message we are trying to convey.If we present the gospel to our friends and yet fail to show how it actually changes us, we discredit the very message we are trying to convey. Click To Tweet
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
Share the gospel
On the other side of the spectrum, the Bible also calls Christians to proclaim the gospel verbally. I’ve talked to many people who see “living out their faith” as an excuse to stay in their comfort zones and never preach the gospel.
However, simply being a good person is not going to turn many hearts to Christ. In fact, it’s only showing half the picture. It shows how the gospel transforms us, but it doesn’t reveal the heart of the gospel: God’s grace. If friends see that you’re different than other people, it is their natural response to credit those positive attributes to you rather than Jesus.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?… So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
It’s becoming more and more popular for young Christians to avoid doing hard things by leaving evangelism to external “good works” and spontaneous conversations. But God wants more from us
God wants us to be intentional about sharing the gospel. Seek out opportunities to share the gospel with your friends, or people you don’t even know. What did Jesus do? He went from city to city preaching the Kingdom of God. What did Paul do? He proclaimed the truth of the gospel even when it was unpopular. Even when he was literally stoned for being offensive. At the same time, Jesus and Paul’s ministries were backed by their lifestyles.
The most effective way to be a witness for Christ is to both show and share the life-giving truth of the gospel.
Tim Utekal is an 18-year-old journalist, entrepreneur, and Christian. He enjoys writing for his online publication, Secondly Magazine. Although his obsession is creating original material, he also finds time to enjoy the company of his family.