In middle school there was several times I passed a note to a girl with the objective and effective choice to check “yes” or “no”. I unfortunately experienced more “no” checks that “yes” checks and it’s safe to say that I was not the Zack Morris of my middle school. In that time of life we saw relationships that simply. Check yes if you would like to have a relationship, check no if you would not. Seems effective, but we all know that relationships at any level are not that cut and dry.
We understand relationships are not that simple, but often times when we as Christians think about sharing the Gospel we treat our friendships like we are handing someone a piece of paper that says, “Would you like to know Jesus? Check ‘yes’ or ‘no’.” We think so rationally about sharing the Gospel, as if it’s a math problem we’ve solved through sheer logic. Then we try to impose our reasoned logic onto to someone in a verbal exposition and ask them to make a decision.
Sharing the Gospel, or inviting someone to church, shouldn’t feel like a task. It shouldn’t feel like a box to check or a mountain to climb. As Christ followers sharing the Gospel should be something that we just intuitively do as we live and breath. It doesn’t mean we don’t have rational or logical conversations, but it does mean that we accept the intuitiveness of human relationships and let sharing the Gospel be a natural thing that happens through both what we do and what we say.
To be honest the Gospel is completely illogical and irrational anyway. Who would give up his life undeservedly to save a group of people who were living in opposition to Him. Jesus would. Jesus did. Not because it was rational, but because He loved us that much. I pray that God fills our hearts with so much love for those who don’t know about him that sharing the Gospel would be a natural and exciting thing in our lives. Something that we don’t think about as an event or a task, but something that we live and breath in every moment of our lives and intuitively share in all the relationships in which we live.