“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

As Christians, we are commissioned by God to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. This doesn’t mean that we have to go on a mission trip to be able to preach the gospel. We can start in our Jerusalem, or where we are placed right now.

Sharing the gospel to someone we don’t know is a step of faith, but sharing the gospel to someone we are close to may be a different kind of challenge altogether.  Sometimes, what stops us from preaching the gospel is the fear of being rejected or laughed at by the people we care about the most.

But while our minds might perceive it to be too tricky or risky, it is our love for these people that will motivate us to go for it. Here are some tips on how to go about it:

Pray.

There are many things you can pray for as you take the step in sharing the gospel to your friend. You can pray for boldness or courage. You can also pray for God to reveal Himself to them in His own way. In the Bible, God used dreams, visions, and circumstances to introduce Himself to His people. Thousands of years later, today, God still continues to do so. Remember that God wants them to hear the gospel more than you do.

Make yourself available.

One of the dangers of being a Christian is spending too much time in church doing ministry and fellowshipping with other believers. While these things aren’t bad, we must remember that we are called to go and not to stay within the comfort of our churches. After all, you yourself may be the answer to your own prayer of your friend getting to know Jesus.

Be vulnerable and honest.

Your friend knows your imperfections, and that’s not a bad thing. By being vulnerable and honest about your flaws and mistakes, you will also be able to show how God redeemed and continues to redeem you. It is important to show not a perfect lifestyle, but a godly lifestyle.

Be a witness.

Being a witness means testifying about what God has done to your life. You show this not just through actions but also through a careful presentation of the gospel. Though it may feel awkward to start this conversation with your friend, remember that Jesus died for them too.

(If you need help, you can also use the The God Test mobile application, a tool that lets you preach the gospel through a casual conversation. )

The greatest act of love and care that we can give to our friends is preaching the gospel to them. It is more than just a duty; it is a mission for every Christian, in our own Jerusalem, and everywhere we go.

Remember that the reason why you can enjoy the life that you have in Jesus is because someone took on this mission to share God’s truth to you as well. While we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Because of this, we are forever changed and adopted as God’s children. This revelation should fill us with the love of God, and compel us to preach the gospel to others.