God has made every one of His followers a masterpiece with an attention-getting purpose. It feels good to think of, doesn’t it?!

The prince of darkness is alive and well. Sometimes, it’s as if a gray cloud sits over our world, creating disillusionment and depression. Yet Jesus uses the illustration of his followers’ goodness being a light on a dark hill.

I have been using the analogy of a fisherman’s fly to illustrate concepts related to sharing our faith. Here’s another one. When a fly is tied, it includes a hook, flash, materials that look true to life, and appropriate weight, all presented according to the context. It’s the complete package.

Fishing experts say that 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water. This same idea is helpful when we think about our efforts to share the gospel. We need to be hangin’ out where the “fish” are. In The Navigators we want to raise up people who are living and discipling among the those yet to know Christ.

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 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.

I am a fly fisherman. In tying (creating) a fly, I’ve learned to include some flash or color to get the fish’s attention. In the same way, God’s people are meant to get the world’s attention through our exemplary lives. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 4-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

The Christian life was never meant to be lived in isolation. Our American mindset values rugged individualism, but the Scriptures reveal to us something more beautiful. Have you ever considered a beautiful tapestry? All the varied colored yarn that came together to create that design.

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.

I enjoy action films—where things blow up, kidnappings happen, and heroic rescues win the day! That’s where I learned the phrase “proof of life.” So how does this relate to our current series on living a powerful, full life in Christ?