Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buy it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase that beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. “Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked. Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector’s emotions were deeply stirred. “I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it.” — Our Daily Bread Feb 4, 1994
As believers we look around and see a popular culture in contradiction to what we absolutely know to be right. God’s way of doing things is mocked, truth is relegated to an unknowable fantasy and genuine love is understood as a feeling which “comes and goes” seemingly without explanation. All the while we ask the question, “Why?” Why can’t people see the truth of God and the evil of their ways?
We have family and friends who don’t know Jesus. We want everyone to know and follow Christ, don’t we? How many people have you recently talked to about your faith in Jesus? If you are not regularly sharing Christ then why not? If your faith is as important to you as you say it is, why isn’t it a common topic of conversation at the water cooler, soccer practice or casual lunch date? Where is the talk of Jesus in the course of your conversation?
One painful reason so many are living a life in complete darkness is they have yet to hear the Gospel from a Christian. That statement may seem unbelievable or hard to accept but it is fact. We are salt and light living in a bland, dark world. The world won’t “season” or “illuminate” itself and we often neglect to do so!
JUST ASK SOMEONE
Most people will come to church if invited to do so by a friend. How many people have you recently invited to church? Now we aren’t talking about a Gospel presentation, just an invitation to worship on Sunday. If you aren’t inviting anyone to worship, why not???
We often moan, groan and complain about the world around us while doing very little to actually affect it. There is no change coming apart from the “salt and light” of the church of Jesus Christ. There will be no revival of spirituality, no salvation for our nation, apart from a move of God through His church. And you are a part of that church. You are a part of His body.
IDEAS FOR TALKING JESUS IN YOUR LIFE:
- Invite Someone to Church — Tell them you will wait for them at the door and will sit with them during the service. Let them know you would like to buy their lunch after church.
- Share Your Story — Tell your friends of how you came to faith in Christ. There is no way to deny, refute or rebuke your personal testimony. Even someone who denies the Gospel cannot deny your personal experience with the Christ of the Gospel.
- Praise — Praise is to give God the credit for who he is and what He has done. When something good happens make sure to say out loud, “Thank you Jesus.” When God answers a prayer in your life be certain to let people know that you had been praying for it.
- Be Positive — Every church has its problems. There is no perfect person and there is no perfect church! But we need not air out our dirty laundry before the lost and unbelieving world. Always talk about your church, worship and fellow believers in positive terms. If you can’t find something good to say then keep quiet!
- Pray — In the course of conversation people will often share needs, hurts and concerns and it is in these moments you have the opportunity to pray! Ask them if you could stop and pray with them right now over their needs. Very few will deny you the privilege of praying for them and it is quite easy to communicate your faith while doing so.
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