How the business of evangelism (and business) has changed since the days of Paul the Apostle! Here’s how the old school went about it (notice, no warming up, inviting to meet sometime, finding out what the person is reading, or what they like doing in their spare time; in other words no forming of relationships of any note. Instead VAROOM sock-it-to-’em and then VAMOOS to the next town; for the harvest is great, the labourers are few.
“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus…” (Acts 13:26-33).
That, as far as many are concerned, is no way – no matter where, no matter when – to get anyone on your side, or even on Jesus’ side. Let’s get down to the real business of how to evangelise. I say “business” because the best place to evangelise is definitely not in an airconditioned church but in the real world, out on the road in the heat and dust – or in a shop.
Say you open a shop, you don’t do it to fail (unless you feel sorry for the chap who also opened a shop – on the opposite side of the road). You want to succeed and at the same time feel – if you’re a Christian – you want to be Christian, that is, you don’t want to screach the Gospel as in those backward times; you want to BE the Gospel; you want to be there for the lost. Here are two simple steps to follow if you want to evangelise and/or be a successful businessman (Why not kill two birds with one stone?):
Step 1 – Form a relationship, try and get personal, but not too close.
Step 2 – Convert your relationship into a client. That way, you won’t only be fulfilling the great commission, you’ll also be making a great commission. What you gain on the intangible swings you gain on the tangible roundabouts.