Share the Gospel by All Means

Skeeter was once a homeless man, beaten, thrown over a bridge, and left for dead, but God had another plan. He is now employed by the Nashville Rescue Mission, where he first learned of God’s grace. In his testimony, he said, “If a Christian had told me about God’s grace when I was a child, how different my life would have been.” His words are convicting. We must share Jesus with the people God puts in our path each day. There is no higher calling.

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we immediately become responsible to share the gospel with other people. As powerful as the gospel is, it can’t share itself! While some of us are called to go to remote areas of the world as missionaries, most of us must focus on sharing the gospel right where we are with the people we know or those we come in contact with in our everyday lives. We must be intentional in trying to reach the missions field that’s all around us by all means.

For starters, we must pray. Going to God first is a must as you pray for opportunities to share the gospel and the ability to recognize those opportunities. We never know whom God is going to put in our path so we must pray for God’s guidance and power in every situation. Pray for individuals by name who need to hear the gospel. Then follow His lead.

Serving as your president this past year, I have observed all ages sharing the gospel. They are reaching lost people as life happens all around them at the grocery store, on the playground, at school, at the workplace, or just across the street.

I witnessed a Children in Action member sharing Christ at a sports camp by using an eBall, a soccer ball that can be used to communicate the gospel through its color patterns, as another CA member, going door-to-door, shared Christ with a Muslim family. I served alongside a myMISSION member who served the homeless a meal as she shared the love of Jesus and His grace. I saw a man in a nursing home come to Christ as a group of adults led Vacation Bible School during Missionsfest.

God is at work and has placed you where you are for a reason. Let that reason be to “become all things to all people so that by all possible means [you] might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22b NIV).

Linda C. Cooper is president, national WMU.

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