Even after we’ve decided to make the effort to “bring people to Christ,” the question that stalls most Christians I’ve met is, “How do I actually do this?” There are plenty of Christian resources that will tell you how to witness—from door-to-door evangelism to the people we sit next to on a plane—not all of which are bad, but not all of which work, either.
Maybe a better question is, “How do I bring Christ to people?”
Jesus is the hero in a story written for the ages. He’s the one who swooped in and saved the people from the suffocating, heavy laws of the religious leadership. He was the crusader of the underprivileged, the voice of reason in a maelstrom of chaos that continues to this day. How could I not want to emulate him? How could I not want to speak of him like the dashing victor that he is, champion of the most profound epic of all time?
So often, we burden our Jesus with the constraints of paradigms, frame him in the outline of our own understanding, try to fit him in the box of our position—and no matter if our position is really “right” or not, we can still complicate the Good News of Jesus Christ with it. But in order to be Jesus’ ambassadors, we have to represent him the way that he truly was—back when he walked the earth, without two thousand years of opinions foisted on his shoulders.
The truth is, sometimes the voice of Jesus speaks, not in the citation of a chapter and verse, but in the sound of a whisper. In the godly advice that reaps a good outcome. In the leap of trust that profits greatly. In the closeness of a perfect man who loved a leper the world pulled away from; who said “Your sins are forgiven”; who insisted he’d come for the sick, not the healthy.
One of the best ways we emulate Jesus is through love. Love is hardwired into us, built into our hearts and souls, our very bones. Sometimes doctrine, religion, and our own selves can shackle our ability to portray Jesus in the barrier-breaking, earth-shattering, revolutionary way that he was and is: loving with no-holds-barred. Loving the sick, the broken, the degenerate. Loving to the point of pain—loving beyond what physical limits the human body can endure. In order to be like him, we must push ourselves. We must love radically. We must show them Jesus through our ability to love in a world that tells us to put ourselves first, look out for number one, and take care of our own needs above all others.
The message of Jesus should live in everything we do. Not like a Tom and Jerry cartoon where we’re whispering over a secret, hoping people will crowd around us asking what we’re so interested in; but living it openly, weaving our love of Jesus into every choice we make, every step we take, so that the joy of the Lord stands as our undeniable witness. We can affect change when we’re willing to step outside our comfort zone.
Whether or not people come to Jesus isn’t up to us. It’s between him and the individual. But what we can do is bring Christ to people. Through our actions as well as our words, through every move we make, our whole lives are a testimony of the one we serve, a reflection of the man Jesus was, is, and will always be. More often than we know, it’s not our words that will show people the light of Jesus’ love in us…it’s our actions.
What kind of story will yours tell?