Over the years, I’ve watched a lot of evangelism attempts – the overeager youths who are so excited with the story that they turn off people with their excitement, the ‘choose Jesus or burn in eternal fire you horrible sinner’ approach, and a lot of others in between. Today I had a lovely conversation with a man whom I believe has a great approach. Read our conversation below and let me know what you think.
Me: Waiting at the bus stop after work, a bus pulled up, not mine; a smiling man rolled out on a scooter. I smiled and made room for him to exit.
Him: He stopped in front of me, looked at me for a moment, and asked, “Do you have anything that needs prayer today?”
Me: I thought about for a moment, smiled brightly, and said, “No, but thank you so much for asking me, you made my day.”
Him: “Do you have a relationship with the Lord?”
Me: “Yes, since I was 7.”
Him: Reached into his messenger bag and gave me a booklet, “Good, here is a book you can pass along then.”
Me: Smiled and put the book in my backpack, “Thank you, I will.”
And that was it; simple. No hesitation, no drama, no discomfort, just sharing God’s love in a simple, Christ-like manner. Why did I like this so much? I think because he offered to do something for me first, then shared his message. He didn’t jump right in with bible verses or the 4-point plan of salvation. He asked me what I needed. I don’t think I’ve seen that before. However, I think it’s an excellent way to share the message of God’s love.