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Share the Bread

03.06.20 | ON MISSION | by Anne Ostrander

Share the Bread

    I used to think only very extroverted, charismatic people could be evangelists. You had to be born brave. You had to have the specific gifting. Although I do believe some have more of a natural gifting for it than others, it is still a command given to us all through the Great Commission in Matthew 28. So what about us less extroverted, less charismatic folk?

    One of my favorite quotes is from D.T. Niles: “Christianity is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find the bread.”

    The truth is, we all evangelize all the time, don’t we? We’ve all sung the praises of different products that work, or essential oils that do this, or diets that do that. We openly share with others the little things that make our life a little easier or healthier. So if we can share with the world our love for this phone or that watch or this new app, then we can share our excitement about Jesus, too! Just like the Samaritan woman at the well, who out of her excitement and joy and hope, went around telling her community about who Jesus is. So, how can we do this? I always want to know how to translate things practically.

    “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15

    1) Be ready 

    Do you know what you would say if anyone were to ask you about God? When opportunities arise are you ready? What would help you to be more prepared?

    2) Tell people about the hope you have because of Jesus

    What hope DO you have? What difference does it make in your life having Jesus not only as Savior but as Lord of your life? How is he changing your life and renewing you?

    3) Do this gently and respectfully

    So this pretty much rules out standing on the street corner with a big cardboard sign saying “You’re going to hell!”. How does this approach compare with the way Jesus responded to the adulterous woman? Or the tax collectors?
    We want to foster a discussion, rather than a debate. We don’t want to win the argument just to lose the heart. We are just beggars who found the bread, after all. And we get to tell others where they also can find it!

    What are practical ways that we can “share the bread” in daily life?

    What is something new that you are learning from God’s Word? Share that!
    What are ways that God is redeeming and restoring relationships in your lives? Share that!
    What are areas of brokenness in you that God is healing? And how? Share that!

    Truth is, we get opportunities all the time. We get asked “How are you?” “How was your weekend?” “How is your family?” Simple questions that can give us an opportunity to share with others what Christ is doing in our lives. Let’s stop believing the stigma that talking about Jesus is “cheesy.”

    The first thing we should share is the love of Christ. Let’s be known in the workplace or home as loving and patient. Let’s be genuine in the ways we care for others. Let’s be open when we make mistakes and humble ourselves as we learn and grow.

    Talking & listening should go hand in hand. Preaching is when we’re the only ones talking. Share some, and listen more! Ask good questions.

    Also, words & actions go hand in hand. Sometimes we’re told just to be “nice” and people on their own will ask you why you are that way. This does happen sometimes, but not often. Most people will just say “What a nice person,” and not think anything else of it. In the Bible, Jesus models words and actions together. Now, he was a good question asker! He also made very bold claims. Through it all, the people knew he loved and cared for them.

    So now I leave you with a challenge: Think of how God is at work in your life. What ways are you growing and maturing? In what ways are you being healed and restored? However the Bread of Life is transforming and satisfying you - share that with your hungry friends.