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.
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?
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.