When I fly fish, most often I fish with two or three flies connected together. It’s a helpful technique because it gives the fish three options. If the principles of evangelism that we have been talking about in this series are good for us as individuals, they are exponentially better when we view the sharing of our faith as a “team sport.”

In fly fishing, having the right-sized fly is an important part of “matching the hatch” as described in the last post. Similarly, as we meet people who are on their way to the Kingdom, it is important for us to meet them where they are and bring a right-sized conversation about the gospel.

In the last post we looked at the importance of being set apart and different from our broken world. In this post we want to talk about the value of being the same as those we are attempting to reach. That idea might raise a big question mark for some of us! I’ll use another example from fly fishing to illustrate.

In my previous post, we looked at “Three Proofs of Life” that show we are alive spiritually.

  1. We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. We have the indwelling Spirit, working and transforming our lives.
  3. The fruit of the Spirit is evident in our thoughts, words, and behavior.

Galatains 4:4-7 gives one of the most critical identity shifts in the Christian life: "Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir" (NLT). If we don’t understand how God views us, we will always go back to the Law and rule keeping to motivate us in our obedience. Ugh!


What is it that 99 percent of people possess? I’m sure you thought of several things. The one I’m thinking of is neighbors. Most people live in some kind of neighborhood—yes, an apartment complex counts! What can you do right now, for those people in your neighborhood to get started being a light in their worlds?

Have you ever experienced challenges with a boss where you were not seeing eye to eye? Paul’s words in Colossians 3 were a huge source of guidance and comfort during a number of work situations early in my work life.

God, through His instrument Paul, offers some most challenging applications for husbands and wives. If we are to “put on new clothes” and live in a way that reflects the gospel’s influence in our lives, these will do it!

If we do these three things, our lives will begin to more fully reflect Jesus. People will see the change and speak of the new wardrobe that characterizes our lives, and Jesus will be honored.

Jesus’ calling applies to and empowers every believer. It’s not just pastors, cross-cultural missionaries and “super-Christians” who can really know Him and make a difference in the world. It’s you and me! God sent us as “missionaries” right where we live, work, and play.