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?

Do you have a friend who always seems to ask “conversation stoppers”? You know, accusations, declarations, or questions about aspects of Christianity that can trip us up or tongue tie us. If you are like me, after that kind of conversation-stopping experience, I find myself saying, “Lord, why didn’t I know the answer to that question? I let you down.”

Let me whet your appetite for some very practical ideas that Michael frosts writes about in Surprise the World, to help us move towards the people God has placed around us. These are good!
 

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?

Over the next few posts (starting today!) we’ll look at some simple tools to help you begin to engage with those God has placed in your lives, for His purposes. It helps me to remember—nothing happens by accident. Those people I encounter in the “normal pathways of my life” are there by His perfect design and purpose.