Sharing the Gospel More Fruitfully
When it comes to talking about Jesus, talking like Jesus is critical to your success. It amazes me how many conversations I have with people who, "just can't understand why so-and-so wasn't interested in hearing what I had to say." My simple question when I hear this, "Were you interested in what they had to say?"
You don't need to memorize evangelical formulas or answers to share Jesus, you just need to be willing to care about people. Dale Carnegie writes about this in his book: How to Win Friends and Influence People. Sure, this is written to secular circumstances, but I believe Carnegie hits the nail on the head when it comes to sharing our faith.
Here are Dale Carnegie's nine guidelines for relating better to people. These guidelines pave the way for sharing the gospel more fruitfully. I didn't use illustrations because the guidelines are self-explanatory:
- Don't criticize, condemn, or complain.
- Give honest, sincere appreciation.
- Arouse in the other person an eager want.
- Become genuinely interested in other people.
- Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
- Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
- Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
- Make the other person feel important, and do it sincerely.
Now open your Bible, because Carnegie is not as original as you might think. Long before Carnegie shared his insight, Solomon observed, "When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them" (Prov. 16:7). Solomon went even further; beyond mere business sense, he gave instruction for conveying grace to others. "If you enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you" (Prov. 25:21-22).
When it comes to talking about Jesus, talking like Jesus is critical to your success.