In this post we will continue with the HOW. How do we actually invite our friends to Jesus? Do we just start talking about it? Give them a paper flier about Jesus? Force them to talk about? What happens if they say no? How do I do this?
Here is the method we use at RockLife for reaching out to our friends with the good news of Jesus - Pi2
Pray => Invest => Invite
In this post we will look at Invest and what that means
Invest in the relationship
- Show them you actually care about them and their life
- Don't make your goal just to share Jesus with them and bail
- Even if they don't like what you have to say about Jesus, show God's love to them anyways
- Intentionally be around them and ask them questions about what their life is like
- This shows you actually care and you want to get to know them
- People don't care how much you know, till they know how much you care
- Invite them into your life
- They are not your project, but a person you are seeking to love and be friends with
- Have them come over for dinner (if your parents are ok with it)
- Hang with them in appropriate places
- Carve out time in your busy schedule to make this a priority (you will have to say no to some things so you can do this better thing)
- Invite them to do the things you already participate in
- Sacrifice what you want to do for their sake (1 Cor. 9:22)
- Be the one who influences, not the one who is influenced
- Put yourself in a position where it is hard for you to stumble and fall in your walk with God (if they encourage you to do bad things, don't be alone with them)
- Invite them to participate with your friends who love Jesus
- Give permission to wise people who know you well to tell you if you are being influenced instead of being the one who influences
- You might have to change the relationship or end it if it is pulling you away from God.
- Be in the relationship for the long-haul
- These thing generally don't happen overnight... but that is ok
- You never know how much your investing into their lives might mean to them over the long run
- Understand they are not a follower of Jesus
- You can't expect a person who doesn't follow Jesus to live a
- This doesn't mean you promote or condone sin, but it removes your pride of thinking you are better than them and it helps you to be gracious as you talk them through some of their actions
- Your goal is not to change their behavior, but to lead them to the one who changes lives.
- God primarily uses relationships to lead people to Christ, so invest in relationships
Jesus gives this example of Investing in Matthew 20:28-34
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Jesus was all about relationships. He spent 3 1/2 years with 12 guys. He loved them, cared for them, invested His life with and in them. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), that requires actually getting to know them, are you willing to do that? You might be surprised at how God will bless you, as you trust him by investing your life into others for the sake of gospel.
Start by praying for them, then continue by investing in their lives, and finish with Inviting them to Jesus - Next Post - Invite
For questions or comments, email Pastor Ian