Use Your Style

It’s easy to think that if someone is going to do evangelism, they need to go door-to-door, sell books, and give Bible studies. Maybe they should even stand on the street corner and hold a sign. But this isn’t necessarily true. Chelsea and I are in Orlando right now for the Southern Union Pastors’ Meetings which happen once every five years. We have had many really good speakers talking on the theme, “The Gospel Changes Everything.” Lee Strobel, the atheist turned pastor who wrote many books including Case for Christ, was one of our speakers. One thing he shared was that there are different evangelistic styles. People may not be comfortable preaching or going door-to-door, but maybe they enjoy hosting people in their home or changing oil in cars. These can be just as effective as other styles, but will reach different people. We need to reach people with the skills and styles God has given us.

In the Old Testament, the shepherd boy David was preparing to face a giant named Goliath. King Saul gave David his own armor to fight the giant with, but it was too big and bulky for David. So, he took them off. “Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:40). You see, David had to fight Goliath with the style and abilities that God had given him. As you fight the darkness, sharing the love of Jesus with those around you, make sure you’re using the style God has equipped you with.