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
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
talk, so to speak. Setting an example. Letting people see
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
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.
Wearing Christian T-Shirts, Christian clothing or Christian
jewelry is a great way to do
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
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
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
It starts with each of us living our lives in front of the
That’s Plan A.
Go get ’em!