The Right Attitude for Reaching Your Friends for Christ
The Right Attitude for Reaching Your Friends for Christ

The Right Attitude for Reaching Your Friends for Christ

The Right Attitude for Reaching Your Friends for Christ

If you are a Christian, then you want to see your friends follow the Lord Jesus Christ too. Certain attitudes can push them away from, rather than draw them to, Jesus. Take a few minutes for an attitude check to see if you are on the right track.

Do you have an attitude of discipleship-oriented witnessing rather than decision-oriented witnessing? Some Christians are so concerned about getting their friends to bow their heads and make a decision for Christ that they don’t first prepare the hearts of their friends.

They emphasize the result rather than the conditions that will lead to the results. Because they are so decision-oriented, they create two barriers. First, some Christians push their friends to make a decision before they are ready. If the friends refuse, they have damaged their relationship with them.

Second, some Christinas shy away from witnessing to their friends because they have been taught that they must aggressively press for a decision. However, you should think of winning your friends to Christ by influencing them in three steps:

  1. Pre-conversion: witnessing
  2. Conversion: accepting Christ
  3. Post-conversion: Christian growth

 

You can influence your friends to receive Christ by witnessing to them: “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Witnessing is sharing your faith with your friends, but does not necessarily include leading them through a plan of salvation and pressing for a decision.

Witnessing is sharing what you have seen, what you have heard, and what you have experienced. You can tell your friends how much you enjoy praise and worship or specific examples what the Lord has done for you, yet not push them to make a decision for Christ. Witnessing is putting salt on your friends’ tongues and making them thirsty for the water of Life.

Because friends share things with friends, you should share your faith with your friends, especially with those who do not know Jesus. This is pre-conversion witnessing.

When a Christian does something for a friend, especially if it is in the name of Jesus, it may not win the friend to Christ immediately, but it may soften his or her heart to the Gospel. Every conversation you have with your friend about Christianity and every time you relate a Christian experience can actually move your friend closer to Jesus Christ. Just being with your friends makes them comfortable with you, and hopefully, comfortable with your Christian faith.

This process is called stair-stepping your friend from a negative rejection of Christ to a neutral position, then to a positive belief in Christ. Stair-stepping uses the natural relationship of friendship to influence a friend to Christ. Just being a friend and talking about your faith moves them up the stairs closer to salvation.

Parenting in Christianity

Parenting by default and trial-and-error parenting are both approaches that enable parents to raise their children without the effort of defining their life.  Revolutionary parenting, which is based on one’s faith in God, makes parenting a life priority. Those who engage in revolutionary parenting define success as intentionally facilitating faith-based transformation in the lives of their children, rather than simply accepting the aging and survival of the child as a satisfactory result.

 

Our children are important and precious.  They are important, first of all, spiritually.  Each soul is worth more than the whole world (Matthew 16:26).  Their growth and development in that department should be paramount in importance due to this intrinsic worth.

They are important, secondly, for the ongoing growth and development of the family.  The children of today become the parents of tomorrow.  They will act toward their children largely as we have acted toward them.

They are importantly, thirdly, for the growth and development of the church.  The same children we spiritually educate today will be the adults participating in the activities of the church tomorrow.  Those activities will largely be shaped by the activities in which they participated as children.

They are important, fourthly, for the growth and development of society as a whole.  Who wants to live in hell on earth?  Yet, that is exactly the kind of place future generations will occupy given the trends of moral decline today.  May we, as parents, understand and respect the awesome God-given responsibility for our children’s spiritual growth and development, and may we set appropriate goals to so effect that development.

 

Rejoice
REJOICE ‘’The best response in all situations.’’

          

Rejoice’Blessed are you when men shall revile you, persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and exceedingly be glad; for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you Mat 5:11-12.’’ This being one of the teachings Jesus taught on the sermon of the mount which is popularly known as the beatitudes is of very essence to a Christian for one; it forms part of the doctrine of Jesus and secondly; It is a prophecy in itself that was fulfilled in the past, to the prophets, in the life of Jesus and his disciples and it is also prophesied/promised to us too as his followers.

James tells us to count it all joy when we fall into diverse temptations for the trying of our faith worketh patience which perfects us to the level of wanting nothing, James 1;2-4. In trials and persecutions, we are called to rejoice and approach them with joy for they are for our good here on earth and in the life to come there is a reward for all that will overcome.

Someone once said, being a Christian doesn’t change the circumstances we face but it changes how we approach those circumstances. There is no better way than to face them the bible way. I have searched through scriptures and apart from our lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul is among others who stand out in their walk with Jesus and in setting an example for us to imitate as they imitated Jesus. As Paul was writing to the Corinthians in chapter 6:10; he puts it very clearly that situations can dictate a sorrowful mood but we should be always rejoicing, one can be as poor as he was yet make many rich or even have nothing and yet possess  everything, having known the promise we have and who we are coheir with.

Never allow outside circumstances determine your inside heart conditions. Be it good or bad news, don’t let it get mastery over how sorrowful or joyful you are but in all circumstances rejoice and be joyful for in this state you will be manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit and also you will be able to draw water from the wells of salvation. The bible makes it clear that with joy we draw water from the wells of salvation Isaiah 12:3 and we need this living water all the time not when we are happy and when the situations change, we cut short that flow of water.

Paul in another instance, full and moved by the Holy Ghost teaches something that the world would not teach us; 2 Corinthians 12:10.he says that he takes pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ sake; for when he is weak then he is strong . God called us when we were very impure, imperfect and nor upright but he didn’t call us to remain that way but to daily work on us to perfection, holy and upright just as He is.

This isn’t an easy process, but it is necessary just as for gold needeth the refinery process for it to be pure we too can’t escape persecution, infirmities, reproaches and everything else that the lord uses to refine and perfect us as we continue knowing him. Both believers and non-believers undergo this but not all undergo  it for Christ but for us who do, have a great reward in heaven.

Either way, knowing all this will come, it is better to be ready for the process and strive to enjoy it by rejoicing and gladly focusing on the goal for it pays nothing to be sorrowful in this necessary time. But one thing am sure of is that a joyful heart pays, for one it will be to you as medicine proverbs 17:22 and two it draws the anointing that rested on Jesus Christ, the anointing of joy which placed him above all his companions Hebrews 1:9, it is very possible for the same to rest upon you too…

Selah.