We are therefore God’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Cor 5:20
We were chatting over coffee at 6 AM in the doctor’s lounge. She had a gall bladder to do and I had a hernia repair. Somehow we had slipped into a conversation about our personal witness and how hard it is to find the right entry point for the Gospel message.
“And yet,” she offered, “Just the other day I was talking with a resident about conflict of interest and out of me came, ‘You know I’m a Christian and my faith is all about God’s sacrifice for us. We are supposed to serve others the same way.’” She paused, “Now where did that come from?"
This task we have been given to share our faith is at the same time both incredibly complex and profoundly simple. We make it complex when we look at it as a human endeavor that depends on us. As such, it frightens the pants off of some doctors. When we consider it like a complex surgery to plan, we examine the setting, the timing, the relationship, the words, the reaction and the results. Witnessing for Christ is life and death stuff---eternal life and death stuff. And it’s on our shoulders; in some ways, perhaps.
I have been trained in many excellent evangelism programs and symposiums. Each has helped mold me into a better communicator of the Cross. Many people come into eternal life through God’s people using the Four Spiritual Laws, Evangelism Explosion, Saline Solution and METS. Thank God for those who developed these methods. Just as certainly, people are drawn toward faith in Christ when hearing spontaneous comments from Christian doctors at the bedside or in the doctors’ lounge. Thank God again. Whatever the method, God’s lost children come home only because He is present and He speaks. All salvation is all God, and He has chosen to use us in His process in different ways depending on the lost child.
Evangelism methodology is helpful to better mold us into useful instruments for His Spirit and we should gain all the training we can; but more than that, I am convinced we should seek:
1. A heart that longs to show God’s lost children the way home
2. A daily prayer life that begs God to use us as salvation instruments
3. An ear that listens constantly for His whisper when we walk among our colleagues and patients
4. A willingness to speak when He leads
5. A life of love that validates His words
6. A peace that comes from trusting Him to do His work
Thank you so much for the privilege to be used in Your great work of reconciliation. It was your death on the Cross and it is your Power that brings the lost sinner home. Let us listen and live and speak as You lead.