Equipped and Empowered!

quest-9-2Jesus promised his disciples (and that includes us), “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8) This dynamic power that the Holy Spirit endows us with evidences itself in several ways. First, the Holy Spirit prompts us to talk to specific people at a specific time.

A number of years ago, I was standing along the railing on the upper level at a shopping mall. I looked across and saw a young man also just waiting there. The Holy Spirit impressed on me to go introduce this guy to Christ. I was scared, but I obeyed and this guy literally told me he had been waiting for someone to tell him about Christ! He gave his life to Jesus then and there!

Second, the Holy Spirit prompts us what to say. In my opinion, memorized clichés and evangelistic jargon are poor options when it comes to introducing someone to Jesus. We are inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is very relational. The more personal and relational we can be, the more real and relevant our speech will be to the person we’re talking with. This means we need to listen to the individual and to the Holy Spirit well. The words a person uses may very well represent the way in which the Holy Spirit is convicting them.

If someone says to us, “I’ve been watching your life and the way you interact with your spouse and I want what you have.” Or, “My life seems to be crashing in on top of me!” Or, “I’ve tried everything else and nothing seems to work.” We need to listen to what people are saying and use their words. Tell them how they can “have what you have;” or how Christ can restore and renew their life that has “crashed in on them;” or how Christ is dependable and “will work” in their life. Tell them how Christ has changed your life.

Finally, the Holy Spirit gives us grace to speak to others boldly, but in a winsome way that truly represents what God is like. Peter writes about this in 1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.”

In both the manner and message that we speak to others about Christ, they should be able to hear and see Christ’s character in us. May others say of us, “I want to be like you!” “I want what you’ve got!” To which we can humbly say, “What you see in me that is attractive and what you want is Jesus Christ.”

©2009 Rob Fischer

1 comment

1 Ray Edwards { 08.26.09 at 3:20 pm }

It’s so much easier to rely on those cliches you mentioned – less risky than sharing our own personal experience. At least I find that to be true for me. But I also find that when I get relational, when I share something REAL from my own life that Christ has done for me, people generally want to hear about that.

Using cliches usually just comes off sounding like a sales pitch – people can smell it a mile away.