Definitely don’t push them. If you really want to reach a friend that’s hard to reach, just let them see Christ through you. Let them see how confident you are in your faith and how unchanging you’ll be no matter what things come at school, at work, or wherever you are. Let Him shine through you. Let them see how strongly and incredibly He’s impacted your life.
by Tracy Darlington
Reach Out!: 7
Christian Artists How You Can Reach Your Friends For Christ
Ever had trouble sharing the Gospel with your friends? Feel like you’re just not getting through? Or maybe you think you’ve blown it by saying the wrong thing. You may have even been made fun of for your faith. You’re not alone. Here’s some great advice on being a light to the world around you from some of your favorite Christian artists:
One of my favorite quotes is “Preach the gospel everyday; if necessary, use words.” by St. Francis of Assisi. I’d encourage people to be unashamedly holy and set apart for God. Be radical in your Christian life. Live like the Bible says. People will see that Jesus difference. I also think you should pray for opportunities to talk to your friends about Jesus. Look for them, and when they come be faithful to share, not in a judgmental way, but in a very real way. Share real stories from your heart about what Jesus has done for you.
Be a better friend than they’ve ever had. That’s the best way to bring someone into the Kingdom of God.
CISSELL (Audio Adrenaline):
I had a friend who was a Christian; and I wasn’t. I’d known him since fifth grade. I did everything I could to get that guy in trouble or to be a bad influence on him, and he just turned the other cheek. He wasn’t real pushy with me; he was just living by example. That’s what really got to me. In my senior year of high school he bought me tickets to go to Audio Adrenaline and the Newsboys in St. Louis. And I said, "No way; I’m not going to that concert!" And I guess that's God's sense of humor, because now I am a member of Audio Adrenaline and we have toured with the Newsboys!
Understand that God loves them, but He hates the sin in all our lives. I used to judge my friends. The Lord taught me that I’ve got to love people to Him. There’s a fine line between doing what my unsaved friends were doing and loving them. I couldn’t go party with them, but when we were at school together, God told me to love them. So I started to reach out in this way, “I can’t do what you do because that’s not God’s best for me, but I love you and there’s forgiveness for what you’ve done.”
People are called to share their faith in different ways; some through what they do; maybe their music, and some by sharing the Gospel straight out. I think that a lot of people need to have somebody they trust before they’re gonna believe what they say. Somebody who’s taken the time to get to know them and show that they care, and that’s why they want to share their faith.
Toby found this quote while we were working on the Jesus Freak record that said, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” What do they see in us? They’re gonna know us by our love. Not by how well we sing, or write or do our job. They’re gonna know us by our love.
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.