Reaching the World with Lifestyle Evangelism

This may come as a surprise… but do you know that you and

I are part of Plan A?

That’s the plan Jesus gave to his followers at the end of

Matthew 28 when he told them to go and make disciples of the

whole world?

Just before he went to heaven, He told them, in effect, look

guys, it’s now up to you. I’m trusting you to reach the

world with my message. I’ll help you, I’ll strengthen you,

but it’s up to you.

Can’t you just hear one of the disciples, maybe Thomas,

saying, “But Lord, what’s plan B?”

There is no plan B.

It’s up to you and me.

A lot of Christians think that they need a theological

degree to share their faith, to be a Bible scholar with a

library of books and seminary training in evangelism.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.

But what really works best is being out there in the world,

as Jesus commanded, just not “of” the world.

What does that mean?

It means that the best way to win people to Christ is

through  lifestyle  evangelism. Walking the walk, talking the

talk, so to speak. Setting an example. Letting people see

through our  lifestyle  that our mind is where our mouth is,

that we not only believe what we say about our faith but we

actually live it out.

See, a lot of people have been burned by religion. They have

seen religious hypocrisy and they are not buying mere words.

They are wary. So they watch. They’ are watching you.

A sobering thought – You may be the only Bible some

people read.

And “read” you they do.

How do you handle the ups and downs of life, the problems at

work and in relationships that are common to all? What is

the way you respond when someone else gets credit for

something you did? How about when you get angry? Sad? Hurt?

The way we live evangelizes just as much as the way we talk.

For example, how do you handle a friend who comes to you

with a problem?

Do you listen? Really listen? Or are you quick to give

advice or pass judgment on the situation? Do you speak more

than he does? Finish his sentences?

What about your body language? Do you fidget and look

around, waiting for him to finish? Or do you smile, nod,

make eye contact?

Another old saying worth repeating: People don’t care

how much you know until they know how much you care.

Besides our words and actions, we can also practice

 lifestyle  evangelism by our appearance.

Wearing Christian T-Shirts, Christian clothing or Christian

jewelry is a great way to do  lifestyle  evangelism. You don’t

have to say a word. Your faith is right out there on your

back. Christian clothing comes in attractive, unique designs

and bold colors and is very affordable.

You can find Christian T-Shirts and Christian clothing

online by searching under those words. Or visit a Christian

bookstore in your area. Many of them carry full lines of

Christian clothing.

But while it isn’t always appropriate to wear Christian

T-Shirts or Christian Clothing, at work or in

business-formal settings, for example, there is another

 lifestyle  evangelism approach you can take.

Wear Christian jewelry.

There is a wide assortment of very attractive and stylish

Christian rings (for both men and women and teens),

Christian bracelets and Christian necklaces that can be worn

anywhere. Same with always-appropriate Christian crosses

worn around the neck.

It’s been estimated that the average Christian T-Shirt is

“read” 3,000 times before it is worn out.

That’s a huge audience. You can witness without saying a

word. But very often, someone will ask you about that

Christian T-Shirt you are wearing and you suddenly will find

yourself presented with a great opportunity to share your

faith.

As you can see, practicing  lifestyle  evangelism is something

every Christian can do. It doesn’t require academic skills

or fluency in Geek and Hebrew.

It starts with each of us living our lives in front of the

world.

That’s Plan A.

That’s  lifestyle  evangelism.

Go get ’em!