The summer months provide excellent opportunities to cultivate relationships with unbelievers and tell them about our Savior. However, finding time to do so can be a challenge. After all, our summers are often filled with vacations, outdoor events, children’s activities, and a host of other activities. Remember sharing your faith is not an extracurricular activity; it should a natural part of who you are. Acts 1:8 says, “and yet you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judaea and Samaria and to the remotest parts of the earth.” Since you and I, as believers are His witnesses, look for the Holy Spirit to give many witnessing opportunities this Summer.
How do we take advantage of the summer months to impact the lost for Christ even in the midst of a busy schedule? Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are some principles to remember and put into practice:
First endeavor to be balanced. How balanced is your life between non-Christians and Christians? There is nothing Biblical about spending all your time with believers. Jesus Christ spent time with sinners. He was even known as their friend (Matt. 11:19). We cannot have personal evangelism without personal contact. I am always challenged to spent time with non Christians. I teach Christians, preach to Christians, and work with Christians almost every day. In the community, airports, hotels, I intentionally try to spent time with non Christians, looking for opportunities to share my faith.
Secondly, seek to be proactive. View relationships with the intent to see the unbelievers come to have the greatest relationship there is, an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to them. Don’t wait for them to come to you. Consider the broad base of non-Christian contacts you already have which includes: Immediate friends and family, neighbors, co-workers, employees, landlords, newspaper carrier, mailman, barber or hairstylist, grocery store checker, waiter or waitress, car dealer, insurance agent, accountant, attorney, banker; doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist; Plumber, electrician, mechanic, Teacher, professor, coach, classmate to name a few. The harvest field around you may be boarder than you think.
Thirdly, strive to be intentional. Take the initiative. Look at everything you are doing this summer. Then ask, “Could this be done with a non-Christian included?” There are a number of community activities, Church activities, neighborhood outings and the like that non Christians would love to be apart.
Fourthly, try to always be sensitive. People that take time to listen are rare in our fast paced culture. Take the time to give someone your undivided attention. Letting them know you care may provide an opportunity to tell them about Christ. Over the years, I have learn that listening earns you the privilege to be heard.
Then we must always be prayerful. We are totally dependent on the Holy Spirit in evangelism. Pray that the Lord will provide opportunities, give you the sensitivity to recognize them, and give you boldness to share the gospel. (Col. 4:2-4) I call this the open prayer: Lord, open a door; Lord, Open their heart; and Lord, open my mouth.
Then make every effort to be prepared. Move into the gospel presentation as God gives you the opportunity. If you don’t know what to say, our website offers several free download resources that will assist you. (www.beamezion.org) Get trained so that when God gives you the opportunity, you’ll be ready. Please remember you have a powerful faith story share, even if you are not familiar a scripted faith sharing presentation or don’t know every chapter and verse of the Bible. You are not alone, Holy Spirit is with you. Go forth in faith believing you will experience a fruitful and productive evangelistic summer. Please visit our website for additional helps and resources: www.beamezion.org