I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.Psalm 57:9 (NLT)
Talking to people about God who don’t believe in God can be an interesting activity. Sometimes, you find a willing participant who asks good questions and genuinely wants to learn more. These often times turn into bible studies and baptisms down the road. Then there are the ones who are not as receptive. They shut you down. They’ve made up their mind, and they don’t want to hear anything to the contrary. You know, it’s like arguing with a flat-earther about the shape of the globe. There ain’t nothing going to change their mind. They are convinced that they know the truth despite any evidence suggesting otherwise. It’s frustrating, and often times feels like you’re talking to a brick wall. A waste of time.
Yet, God says not to back off on reaching out. In our verse today, King David (who knew a thing or two about arguing with thick-headed people) wrote, “I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.” In other words, we’re not supposed to suppress the good news of Jesus Christ just because we think the audience might not listen. Nope. Instead, he says we should sing the praises of Jesus to all nations. This message about Jesus must go global.
So, how do we help to spread the gospel when there are so many jaded people out there? How do we get through to them? Here’s a couple of pointers.
The first thing to realize in sharing the gospel is that not all people will respond to it. Jesus Himself was crucified by the very people He came to save. Not even God Himself was able to convince a lot of people that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior. But He kept teaching.
The second thing is to keep it simple. You don’t need to launch into an examination of Daniel and Revelation. Instead, share from your own experiences. Share stories. How do you know God is real? How have you personally seen Him working in your life and in this world? Jesus did all of His public teaching by using stories. It’s a pretty good model to follow.
Finally, bathe everything in prayer (and shower every day too). Pray for God’s words. Pray for His joy. Pray for His influence. Pray for His impact on those who hear the gospel through you. Pray. Pray. Pray. It’s in His power that people will be saved.
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