I was talking to a friend the other day and they said something that sort of surprised me. It shouldn't have surprised me because I've heard it before. I was talking about taking advantage of opportunities to share my faith and I asked them how they were doing. Their reply was this, "I don't share my faith with others because I don't know any non-Christians. Everyone I know is saved!"
Is this even possible? Can everyone you know be a Christian? I did my best to poke, prod, encourage, and otherwise instigate a response otherwise. I never got one. They literally believed they only know Christians, spend time with Christians, and interact with Christians. Do you know anyone like this? You probably do. Maybe you are reading this and are thinking, "he's talking about me!" Here are some things you might share with your friend (or if you are reading this and I'm talking about you, things you can do!).
1. Read, remember, and recite scripture. Check out Matt. 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Mt 7:13.
This verse clearly teaches that MOST people will die without knowing Christ. What are odds that ALL the people they know don't fit the description of this verse? Odds are better that MOST people they know aren't Christians, they just haven't thought about it. The problem lies in the fact that most believers aren't very active in asking their family and friends if they are a believer or not. One question that is good to ask is this: "when you die, do you think you'll go to heaven or hell?" Most people will say, "heaven." Then ask them, "why?" If they don't respond that they've repented of their sins and followed Christ by faith, share the Gospel message with them.
2. Pray for your friend! Two reasons: 1). They might just be ignorant to the fact that there are lost people around them and need a wake up call. 2). They might be lost and don't have a real grasp on the Gospel message themselves! How many church people have been deceived, or have deceived themselves into thinking they are born again when in fact they are not?
3. Tell them to use the "sit and listen" strategy. This is where you go to "The Wal-Mart's" and sit on the bench by the door. The "sit and listen" is a great teacher. It teaches you that people will literally say anything in a public setting. As you listen, it teaches you what lost people AND those who claim to be Christians will say in public. If you are of the "I don't know any non-Christians" type, you'll be surprised. "Sit and listen" to the older guy who takes his place beside you. He'll tell you things you didn't want to hear. Or, he'll be the blessing of your day. Either way, the "sit and listen" just provided you an opportunity to share your faith. As you "sit and listen," watch the expressions on the faces of the people as you smile at them. They'll smile back, ask you how you are doing, and are open to receive tracts, stickers for kids, or Gospel of John booklets. The "sit and listen" shows your friend that there are plenty of lost people all around them. This strategy is best on a busy night, or anytime you're with the wife at the mall!
4. Make a list! I'm a list kind of guy. I like checklists, Excel sheets, and other organizational "stuff." If they'll do it, have them sit down and write down a family or friend tree of sorts (living people mind you!). Beside the names have them write a "B" for born again, and a "L" for lost. Here's the kicker for this person (since they think everyone they know is saved), they need to take the time to ask a few of them to do a spiritual interview. This spiritual interview will ask: 1). Do you have any spiritual beliefs? 2). To you, who is Jesus? 3). Do you think there is a heaven and a hell? 4). If you died tonight, where would you go? (If they aren't born again, ask #5) 5). If what you believe is not true, would you want to know? If it were me helping them with the interview, I would have the questions typed out, ready to go. I would then ask them to record their answers for us to review. If they really think they don't know any lost people, I'd sure like to see the answers to those questions!
5. Play 1,000 questions! I love questions! Ask my mom. Or my kids! Whenever people say, "I don't know anyone who isn't a Christian." I start asking them where they live. Do they have neighbors? If so, do they know their names? Have they talked to them about Christ? Do they work or volunteer? If they do, have they made a plan to share the Gospel with all of their co-workers? Do they get out of the house, or does the "Brown Santa Claus" bring their stuff in the brown box truck? Since they get out of the house, I ask them about the clerk at the store, their favorite teller, the barber or hairdresser, or the lady who takes their water bill. Do these people know Jesus? Oh, they only receive their stuff via the "Brown Santa Claus?" Is the driver a Christian? He is? Order something via FedEx and try him. He is too?? Order something big via USPS so the mailman has to come to the door. He is too??? Refer back to #1 and #2.
The purpose isn't to be a jerk, but to show, at the very least those who claim to be a Christian, that this statement simply isn't accurate. There will be people who won't come off this statement. Do your best to talk to them then leave them alone. Pray for them and share Christ anyway! If they are born again, but aren't sharing, they'll simply be disobedient Christians. If they are lost, you'll have an opportunity to share your faith with them and that's always a win!
How's the fishing been? He's calling you to be a fisher of men. Do you have any bait? The fish are hungry!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.