There are many different belief systems about God in the world today, even within our own Christian circles and it is tempting to share our views with anyone who will listen. A problem arises when one does not listen. I have seen so many well-meaning Christians, in their zeal to spread the good news, get angry when their message is not received. If you are one given to that kind of anger it could be that you somehow see yourself as their last hope. Know that you are never someone’s last hope, don’t put the pressure on yourself. God is able to reach all people in many ways. Remember it is our duty to tell others the truth, not to make them believe it.
Don’t worry if you have a conversation with a person and they are not “converted.” So often we have the mindset that we have to “save” anyone who asks a question or voices opposition to our views. We have to remember that just as God teaches you to walk with Him step by step, He also works with others in the same manor and the most important thing for us to do is show them the love of Jesus. Jesus showed love to people when He talked to them, He did not get angry nor did He push Himself on them. He simply listened to what they believed and told them the truth principles from God’s word and allowed them to choose whether to believe or not.
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and be trampled underfoot by men.”
Jesus is saying, we as God’s followers are to be salt to the world, salt makes people thirsty, live in such a way it makes people thirsty to have your kind of life. This draws them to you and they will start to question how to get the same.
One sure way to make people thirst is to display stableness. Always being the same, no up’s no downs, no bad days. Of course you will have bad days, but as Christians a bad day should be lived as any other day, in the strongest confidence that God has everything under control, which will display as peace to all. Being constantly up and down in your emotions causes you to loose your salt as people think following God doesn’t make a difference, you’re just like them. Once you lose that opportunity you cannot make yourself salty again and your salt is thrown out and trampled, not only by the one but by all who were around.
Even if they do not listen to you, there is no need to be angry and get in their face, God still is able to get His message across. Remember Paul’s conversion? In Acts 9:1-9, he was at one time a persecutor of the church and no one could even get close enough to him to be a witness, but Jesus was still able to get his attention. God chooses to use us for our edification, let us be a help to Him not a hindrance.
Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.”
Father, teach us how to be salt on the earth bringing making people thirsty for you. In the name of Jesus, amen