The month of October has been a month of evangelism at my church. This month has truly challenged me in my walk with Christ and made me question if truly I am doing the will of the Father. The Great Commission in the book of Matthew 28:19-20 says, ” Go therefore and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (NKJV). That’s what Jesus has asked us to do. We have been saved by the grace of God, but our salvation is not just for us. We must, absolutely, positively, must share what we have experienced. It is hatred to know the truth that leads to eternal life and yet keep quiet while the world dies and spends eternity in hell. Is it even possible for us to have had an encounter with the Almighty all-powerful God of the universe and experienced His undiluted unfathomable love, and yet not want to tell even one person? It is not possible because when we have a simple crush on an imperfect man/woman, we gush sheepishly to our friends and tell the story of every encounter we have with our crush over and over again until our friends can practically repeat the stories back to us. If we gush so much about a simple “hello” from someone we like (omg he/she said hi/looked at to me!!), then I can rightly assume that the reason we are quiet about the Lord is because we truly have not had an encounter with Him. It’s hard to describe and share a feeling you have not experienced. So for those that have had a life-altering encounter with God, what is keeping you from sharing Jesus?
What if I told you that whether you realize it or not, you are actually sharing something. As Christians, our entire life is a ministry and consciously or unconsciously, we are either bearing witness to the God we claim we serve, or contradicting our title of a Christian. On Sunday October 16,2016 I had the absolute honor of delivering my first sermon to the congregation. As I waited on the Lord for a word to share with His people, the first thing that the Holy Spirit placed on my heart was the phrase “Nonverbal Evangelism”. I honestly did not know what that phrase was going to become, but I knew that was going to be the topic of my message. When I got the opportunity to grab my Bible and sit before the Lord, the Holy started revealing the message. You see, there are many ways we can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ without outright preaching. There’s a popular saying that says, “Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words”. If it is only by my words that someone would guess that I am a Christian, then something is seriously wrong with my Christianity. This is the thought behind what I have coined “nonverbal evangelism” and the message the Lord gave me to share. The Word tells us,
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, (and) beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting ALL your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service (and) spiritual worship.”-Romans 12:1 (Amplified Version)
In order to effectively evangelize nonverbally, you must know two things: your tools and the ways by which a person receives and processes information. According to Romans 12:1, our day-to-day life is the tool to use to share Christ nonverbally. It is a decisive decision to submit every part of our lives to Christ. As we offer ourselves up to God, He can then lead us to people who are seeking Him, allowing us to stimulate them in ways that will show Christ. By understanding how people are stimulated, we can then be cautious of how we and our presentation of who we claim to belong to is being received. The normal person has five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. With these five senses, we receive, process, and internalize people and our surroundings. These are the same five senses that the Lord wants us to exploit and in this series, I will share with you how we can take advantage of these senses for the kingdom of God. The beauty of nonverbal evangelism is that you can use it anywhere and everywhere. There are no restrictions to it because it should be our normal way of life as followers of Christ Jesus. Now that you know the background, let’s dive into each sense, starting with taste on part two of this series! Until then, may God bless you and yours. Amen.