Be Open to the Possibility That You Are Doing Enough

tracynle asked:

I have been meeting a lot of non-believers and they have become good & close friends. They are aware of my beliefs as a Christian but most of the time we end up talking about Buddhism’s and Christianity’s differences. I believe that I am only a messenger. I wouldn’t want to preach to them that later they resist God. Although I give my inputs & express my love for God to them, I don’t know if the friendship should continue because of the differences. What can I do to guide them closer to Jesus?

I answered:

I think you are doing things just right. You should certainly pray about things, but I would guess that God might agree. Sometimes the idea that we are getting things right trips us up. We have this idea that there is always something more we should be doing, especially when it comes to God stuff.

You are not called to evangelize everyone in your social sphere. God puts certain people on your heart and may open doors for conversations, but it is not your obligation to save all your friends. 

You are being open about your faith, engaging in discussions about your faith, and, in a critical step that a lot of Christians seem to miss, not being a jerk. Being nice and kind while being openly Christian as far more powerful a statement to non-believers than any sermon or deep theological statement.

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.” -2 Corinthians 2:15-16

Some people will be drawn to the way you carry yourself in regards to your faith, and opportunities for going into deeper discussions will arise from that. Some people might just want to be friends and never get into the Jesus stuff, and that doesn’t constitute some kind of failure on your part. 

Be aware of doors the Lord might be opening for conversations, but don’t feel the need to force it. Being someone who openly loves Jesus and is cool to people is a huge statement in this world, it is planting seeds.

-Matt from The Bridge

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