How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns! Isaiah 52:7 (AMP)
Is the gospel that you share daily that of peace or so contentious that individuals would rather stay away from you? Sharing the Word of God with your family, friends, co-workers, or Facebook congregation should encourage them to pursue a relationship with the Lord rather than put them in such frenzy they lose their way.
By Eryka T. Johnson
Our mission is to express the heart of God through love and allow the Holy Spirit to change the heart of man. Isaiah 52:7 declares the feet of those who bring the gospel of peace (not war) are beautiful. Our function is not to beat up on the people but rather inspire and assist them in finding THE WAY. Instead of taking your bible, slapping others across the head with it, and saying ’you stupid sinner, you better come to Christ today or else’, try telling them your testimony and allowing the Holy Spirit to do His job.
I remember evangelizing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Friday nights. Of course, Fridays would be quite interesting. We saw and heard all sorts of things. But our strategy was quite simple, as individuals are approaching you, hand them a tract and with a big smile say ‘Jesus loves you’. This often sparked various reactions. For many it melted their hearts to the point that they would just begin to weep. Others began to ask questions about salvation and the final destination of their family who they considered to be good people. Nevertheless, the gospel of peace was shared and many lives were changed for an eternity.
Examine your approach and then ask yourself these questions:
- Is the message I share contentious or peaceable?
- Is every word I share encouraging or is it consistently a hard rebuke?
- Is the message positive or negative?
- Do I have the tendency to draw better or do individuals see me and run?
The expression of love will go a long way. It is better to let the Holy Spirit take the lead rather than push your own agenda. What methods do you use to share the gospel of peace?
Eryka T. Johnson