Monday, April 16, 2012

When is the “right time” to talk with your non-Christian friends about Jesus?


“Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.”  –Vance Havner


When is the “right time” to talk with your non-Christian friends about Jesus? 

Talk to your friends as soon as the Holy Spirit leads you, and sometimes that means right away if you believe they will be receptive to the gospel.  Otherwise it's best that they see your fruit first.  They may think to themselves: "There's just something different about her, hmmm..." It's something intangible they can't really put their finger on, an X factor.  You don't cuss; you’re not getting drunk every weekend; or doing those things many do.  You live in the joy and peace that comes from Jesus.  You might even be a better friend to them than their partying friends are.  That's when they ask you!--and that's when you tell them.  Pray for discernment, so that you choose your words carefully. The Holy Spirit inside you will give you the words to speak, if you simply have the courage to speak life.

Even if they aren't receptive to the gospel at first, you can never beat yourself up for giving someone the best gift in the world: Jesus!  Their eternity is at stake.  If they want to return the gift with the receipt, well, that's on them
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If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God (1 Peter 4:11, NIV).

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