‘I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.’ 1 Corinthians 9:22 NIV
So, it’s time. Time to introduce your friends to God. In fact, you’ve read a book or two about ‘evangelism’. You’ve got the line rehearsed, and you’re just waiting for the chance to pounce and drop the church-invite.
Ever find that over-thinking happens when it comes to sharing your faith with your mates? As tempting as it might be, it can be a bit of a trap.
Sometimes, being rigid about this kind of stuff doesn’t work. In fact, since you probably changed your mind about breakfast more than once this morning, you can expect other people and their plans to be as changeable. Paul knew what this looked like (and it probably took him some practice, too.) Check today’s verse. Paul was willing to take the time to assess the situation he was in, and to figure out the most suitable approach to get alongside the people around him. Always while staying steadfastly faithful to the truth, of course.
Want to start a few more God-chats with your friends? Sweet. Get some outreach going? Nice. Essentially: do it. But don’t get all worried about rolling out (and sticking to) some golden formula. The trick is to not use a trick - talk naturally about that real part of your life, and let God build you up to adapt to any (predictable and unpredictable) situation.
Stop before you overthink to the point of things getting unnatural and forced. Ask God to meet the people you have in mind. Then when you see them, *listen* to what’s on their heart. Telling them how Jesus relates to their situation will be far more real than a rehearsed description of Him.