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In his classic book, In His Steps, Charles M. Sheldon challenges us to always ask, "What would Jesus do?" in each situation. Although the phrase has become trite in recent years, I think that Sheldon's words are still good advice. As disciples of Jesus, we want to pattern our life after the life of Christ. As the Apostle Paul said:
...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Jesus is our model for life as well as our model for evangelism. Whenever you have the opportunity to share the gospel with someone, why not ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" In Fishing On The Other Side, I talk about The Golden Rule of Evangelism. There is only one Golden Rule that Jesus gave us and He said that it applies in all situations: "...do to others what you would have them do to you..." When we evangelize like Jesus, we imitate His methods and motives of evangelism.
Jesus met each person where they were and He spoke directly to them using lingo that they would understand. As you read through the evangelistic encounters in the gospels, you will see a pattern of Jesus lovingly engaging individuals in conversation about the greatest need in their life. Evangelizing like Jesus takes the pressure off the person doing the evangelism and allows the Spirit of Jesus to shine through as we lovingly share life's greatest treasure with people in need.
Mark Weible serves as the Strategic Director of Renovation National Church Revitalization Conference, Director of Church Planting for Greater Orlando Baptist Association and Directional Leader for ReproducingChurches.com. Mark is an experienced Search Engine Optimizer and Google Advertising Professional.