The Thread of the Gospel

Quilting runs in our family. Our girls will inherit quilts made by their great-great-grandparents, which I tend to think is a neat concept. An old quilt can somehow make a person feel right at home. Through the years, the fabric gets soft but the threads hold together. Each piece was sewn together uniquely by hand or machine—using fabric our grandparents and great-grandparents probably had as scraps from an old dress or shirt. A quality quilt will last for generations.

In the same regard, sharing our story of how the gospel has affected our lives has been passed down to us from someone else and is a unique story we share with others.

Second Peter 1:3 gives us assurance that “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”

Many times, our reason for not sharing the gospel stems from a fear of what people will think or how they will respond. Yet 2 Peter gives us assurance of our calling as believers that through knowing Christ, we have been given all we need for life and godliness.

Sharing your God-story should come as naturally as sharing about your husband or your children. If we know someone and we love them, why would we not want to share about them?

There have been many times when I could have led the conversation with someone to the weather or solely stayed focused on our children, but my desire for that person to hear a glimpse of the gospel drives me to share with him or her. When I first started putting forth an effort to drive every conversation to Christ, it was awkward. But the more I did it, the more natural it became.

One acronym that has helped me turn conversations to Christ is FIRM:

Family—Everyone has one and everyone comes from somewhere. Ask the person about his or her family.

Interests—People have hobbies. I was able to share the gospel with a woman in Malaysia who had an interest in video games because I simply asked her what she was interested in and then tried to connect that to the gospel.

Religion—I have never come across someone who didn’t have some sort of spiritual belief, even if it’s not having one. Ask about the person’s religious preference or where he or she attends church. It will at least open up a conversation where you can easily link the gospel.

Message—Just ask if he or she is a believer. If you have no other links and have tried to connect through family, interests, and religion to no avail, then just simply ask. You may be surprised how many people are looking for someone to talk with about their answer.

And remember the Holy Spirit is the One equipping you to share the gospel and drawing people to Himself. It’s only your task to share, not to convince someone to believe. Pray the Holy Spirit would draw this person near to Him, and be confident in sharing your story.

​Bekah Rivers* is a momma to a darling little girl (and a sweet pup), wife to a pastor, and advocate for all believers to be on mission.

*Name changed.

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