Don’t forget the words. Hi, this is Steve Sparks, CEO of Wichita Falls Faith Mission reminding you that “Every Story Matters.”
There is a lady on my staff whose future husband took six months to speak any words to her. Every time an opportunity arose to talk with her, he would lose his nerve. She had no idea how much he cared. Thankfully, one day he became brave and shared his feelings for her. She needed to hear the words. They’ve been happily married for several years. Just imagine if he had never spoken to her.
Isn’t this how sharing the Gospel becomes at times? Many Christians hope people know God loves them by the kind actions they do. “Don’t forget the words!” is something I tell others when talking about how best to share the Gospel. People who are in need don’t usually connect the dots of a warm meal being fed to them and why it is being fed. The Bible never says leaving out the words when sharing the Gospel is optional. Living the Gospel and speaking the Gospel is a requirement of the Bible. People need to hear the spoken word of the Gospel.
I am amazed every time I see a client share the Gospel with another homeless client. It’s one of the most exciting things to hear! As Christians, we can be just like the young man who was intimated to speak about his love. God’s love is the most significant thing that ever happened to humanity. Just imagine if we never speak the words of how God loved us so much he sent his one and only son to die for our sins. The greatest thing about the Gospel is the message itself is the most powerful love story of all times.
In my current blog series, I write about “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 tips or action steps of practical ways to make it happen! The fourth way to address homeless is to Share the Gospel. Here are six tips or action steps to remember when sharing the Gospel with anyone.
- The Gospel is the number one transforming power to address homelessness.
- Use words and actions when sharing the Gospel.
- Don’t take things for granted. Some of the homeless might not even know the basic issue of how sin separates us from God.
- Keep your explanation simple and try to avoid words that others will not understand.
- Emphasize God’s love.
- Allow God to do the convicting and not yourself.
Don’t forget to use your words and share the greatest love story of all times. God is still in the life-changing business. Every life and every story matters.