Telling your God stories is the best way of witnessing.
When Jesus teaches about where or when to witness, He calls it the harvest.
You might occasionally share your God stories with strangers. If a stranger shows receptivity to you, go for it!
Normally, however, your harvest field consists of those with whom you already have a relationship.
Your harvest field is your social network: those who connect with you on Facebook or those in your phone directory.
- Your social network includes friends, relatives, neighbors, those at work, or at school.
- This is where God has placed you as a witness, where you will most often share your God stories.
- The Christian movement travels best along relationship lines.
- When you look at all the relationships of all those in your church, it represents your congregation’s most powerful platform.
When someone in your relationship network is going through stress, a major change in life, or facing a major challenge, it is a signal that the fruit is ripening, the spiritual opportunity is increasing to share your God stories.
- It is important that you remember, life is an adventure, with many twists and turns, hills and valleys.
- If someone in your social network at one time made it clear to you they are “not interested in religion,” remember, that attitude is never permanent. Why?
- Life issues are never permanent.
Ask yourself, “Do I have a life story, similar to what this person in my social network is going through?”
- Could I share my story with them at the level of their feelings?
- Remember, life and God are not just stale categories without emotions. Jesus laughed and He cried. People do too. These are signals to share what God has done in your life in somewhat similar circumstances.
This is how Christianity grows.
- It is how you, and those in your church, move beyond institution to movement.
- The person of Christ in you moves beyond a historical figure to a real person of impact.
- It’s all about relationships: you with your friend, yours with Christ, through you, Christ with your friend.