Knowing what to say is just half the story. When we say it is just as important. Spiritual discernment is key.
14 Wise men store up knowledge [know when to be quiet], but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
A perfect example is when we are confronted with a person who is antagonistic to the Gospel, especially of he believes in Evolution (I spell it Devil-ution). He is not interested in hearing our opinion, but only in giving his.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. Pr 18:2
I suggest this approach:
- If he/she is antagonistic, then stick to your testimony of what you were like before Christ, how you got Christ, and how your life is now that you have Christ.
- WHEN the person is interested, share how science is catching up to God’s word through what you know about history, geology, Creation evidence, Flood evidence, medical evidence, etc.
- ALWAYS come back to the Gospel: We have “missed the mark” by grabbing hold of something other than God to fill our hearts and lives; He died and rose again to give us the opportunity to have Him in our lives; Jesus is looking for those who are open to receiving Him as the King and Ruler of their lives.
The Gospel isn’t complicated, but it’s more than praying a simple prayer. It’s about God inviting a person to join Him and allowing Him full access to his life from that point forward. To reduce it to a simple one- time prayer runs the risk of inoculating a person with a version of the Gospel without him actually receiving Christ. It’s a lifelong commitment!
Let’s be intentional about our relationships. Who knows? We may be in a situation “for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14.