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Cold Calling Jesus

We did a year’s worth of catching up over breakfast last week, my wonderful friend and I, while she was in Michigan for a brief visit.

“It’s been kind of a tough year,” she said, as we placed our orders.

Her son-in-law had been caught in an affair and her daughter, of course, booted him.

He then ended the affair, sought counseling and joined an accountability group.

Hurt, disgusted and betrayed though they were, the family decided to go the rocky route of redemption.

Because redemption is what Jesus is all about.

So the father of my friend’s young grandchildren was welcomed back home – welcomed into the guestroom, that is.

Until trust is rebuilt.

Later our conversation turned to other things.  I mentioned that I had seen the series of Facebook posts she had written on the Ten Commandments.

“I see people all the time who need Jesus,” she explained, “but I never know how to broach the subject. So I thought I would try sharing Him through Facebook posts. Not that I’m Facebook friends with any of them.”

There’s the rub.

The pulpit puts a lot of pressure on evangelicals to tell others about Jesus.

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Photo courtesy of Kenneth Tanner*

But cold calling Jesus doesn’t get many sales.

Think about it.  When was the last time someone cold-called while you were making dinner and you bought what they were selling right there over the phone or through your storm door?

Me? Never. I just get annoyed.

When did someone start telling you about Buddha out of the blue because they noticed you could use his philosophies and you immediately converted from Christianity to Buddhism?

Probably never.

You probably just smiled and nodded and said, “If Buddha works for you….”

Jesus didn’t tell us to cold call.  He didn’t even tell us to tell others about Him exactly.

He told us to teach others what He taught us.

After breakfast we went for a short walk along the lake and then drove back to my house just in time for her to hurry off to a lunch date.

As we were getting out of my car I said, “You know, friend, you actually tell people about Jesus all the time. Your whole life tells people about Him (it really does). You just told whoever was eavesdropping at the restaurant that loving Jesus means choosing forgiveness and working toward redemption. Who knows? Perhaps someone in the next booth is struggling with that very thing.”

Jesus came to show us what His Father is like.

His whole life on earth was a show and tell.

Ours can be, too, my evangelical friends.

We can fulfill the great commission by just living our lives. Just living our lives showing what the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are like. We can do the easy stuff – pass out some bread, pass out some fish, lend a helping hand, speak a few words of wisdom – and we can do the hard stuff – forgive, sacrifice our broken and betrayed hearts to the cause of redemption.

And one fine day we might earn the right to actually speak.

“And if you should lead out the esteemed from the unworthy you will be as my mouth.”  -LXX
“…if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman [woman].”  NIV

 

*Who was not out on a cold call when he buckled Jesus into his passenger seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Cold Calling Jesus

  1. So often—particularly as someone who writes about this stuff—I worry that my example doesn’t match my words. My children will learn the most from what I do, not so much what I say. People will be stirred not so much by what I say, but what I do. It’s important to do a daily evaluation of our actions that day and pray each morning, “help me to live in such a way to draw people to You, Lord.”

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    • Yes! Years ago, when I was a social worker, a co-worker came to me out of the blue and said, “You’re a woman of faith, will you pray for me?” I had done absolutely no intentional evangelizing, didn’t speak at all about my faith, but when infertility started to break her heart, she knew where to take it.

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  2. Yes, I agree with Elihu. I think it speaks and influences more when we simply act in God’s ways. When we show through our own examples what happens when you let love rule your life. We have certain vibes around us since we have love inside of us and they can feel it. Wonderful and thought-provoking post, Julie!

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  3. andih94 says:

    So true. It is really powerful when people see faith lived out in ordinary everyday life. And a reminder that what we do counts. How we live will either give the gospel credibility or undermine it.

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    • When I was in college – Before Christ – I went out once with a guy I worked with on the school newspaper. Cartoonist. Wonder what became of him… Anyway, in the course of our conversation he mentioned that his neighbors had everything they could possibly need, which was unusual among us poor college students. “Of course, they’re Christians,” he said.

      I don’t know if he was mocking them or admiring them or just making an observation but his one little statement stuck in my brain with no prejudice. On the back burner it sat: Being a Christian=having everything you need.

      Perhaps he was evangelizing. Brilliantly.

      Sales, you must have a great personality.

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