We were at the beach with friends when Riley, a college student, asked me about evangelism. “Everywhere I go people need the Lord. We’re the ones who need to tell them—yet I find it difficult. Can you give me some pointers?”
“Riley, often the easiest way to learn to share your faith is to just start doing it. I have some tracts with me. Why don’t we walk on the pier and talk to some people. People on the pier usually don’t have time constraints; they’re fishing or enjoying the view.”
He was eager to watch and learn. I thought the survey method would be simplest: “Hi there! We’re doing a one-question survey. Would you be willing to answer a question? The question is: If you were to die today, do you know where you would go?”
Most said they’d probably go to heaven because they were good people.
I’d say, “I’m sure you are good. But the Bible tells us nobody is good enough. That’s why Jesus came—to die for your sins and mine—so we can someday freely enter heaven. I have a little booklet, Would You Like To Know God Personally? It explains how to make Jesus Christ your Savior. May I give it to you?”
I had written on the back of each booklet, a website where people can receive more information and a free online mentor to counsel them.
The website, www.godlife.com is from of Global Media Outreach.
One guy said he’d probably go to hell. I said, “You know, we’re all sinners and we all deserve to go to hell. That’s why Jesus came—to save us–so we don’t have to end up there. I have a little booklet with information right from the Bible. It explains how we can make Jesus our Savior and Lord.”
He eagerly began reading it.
Riley, who was shadowing me, said, “Why are you leaving these people with a booklet? Why don’t you encourage them to pray and receive Jesus now?”
“It’s because they may not be ready. This is the most important decision of their lives. People need time to think about it and to digest it. It took me weeks before I could make the sincere decision to surrender my life to Jesus Christ.
“If God is drawing them to Himself, then God will use the booklets. You and I are simply scattering and planting seeds. Someone else will water them. God will make them grow.”
- So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
- You may read the booklet we used here: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity