Sharing Christ

After hours of driving in torrid heat, the air conditioner on our vehicle gave out. Wheeling into an automotive repair shop, “Cliff,” a burley, seasoned expert on things mechanical, breathed life back into our ailing carriage. Half way through the repair work, in an attempt to share Christ, I asked, “Cliff, do you have any kids?” “Yeah, I got five.” “Hows it going, raising theman all, I inquired? Better now,” he offered. “Hows that?” “Well, for 20 years I boozed and chased my way through two marriages. Four years ago, my wife took me to church, and I met Christ. Then, things began to change.

 

Cliff,” I asked, “do you know how to get into Gods Word?” “No, I dont.” “Would you like a couple of simple, practical suggestions?” “Sure would,” came his reply. After a few minutes of explanation, I asked Cliff, “Would you mind if I prayed for you and your family, that God would give you the wisdom you need to keep your marriage and family together in this tough world?” “Yeah, Id like that.

 

Upon the completion of the repair job, Cliff and I parted with a hug, and his insistent, “Theres no charge, Mr. Hill.” As I turned to walk toward my car, I detected just a trace of a tear in his eye, hidden behind his sweat soaked face.

 

This morning, while meditating in 2 Timothy, chapter 2 – with my encounter with Cliff on my mind – I came across several principles of evangelism that will be of help to me in the future:

  • Be willing to suffer for the Gospel, Paul stated, “This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.” (2 Timothy 2:8b, 9a) (See Acts 9:16; 1 Peter 3:16)
  • Be sure that you are a clean vessel whom God can use, “If a man cleanses himselfhe will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21a,c) (See Ephesians 2:10; 2 Timothy 2:20-22; Titus 3:14)
  • Openly acknowledge Him before others, “If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:12b, 13) (See Matthew 10:33; Revelation 3:8)
  • Make a diligent effort to accurately communicate the truth of God’s Word, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truthable to teach… ” (2 Timothy 2:15, 24b) (See 2 Corinthians 4:2)
  • Avoid getting unnecessarily embroiled in foolish argumentation, “Dont have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lords servant must not quarrel… ” (2 Timothy 2:23, 24a) (See 2 Timothy 2:14, 16, 25; Titus 3:9)
  • Recognize God’s sovereign role in bringing a person to Himself, “Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 2:25) (See Acts 8:22; 1 Timothy 2:3, 4)

 

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