Comfort zones are safe places to be; however, they can be detrimental to us if we let them control us. I remember my first time out on my own as a salesman. I was to drive to businesses that my company was not doing business with and try to convince them to do business with us. It was indeed outside of my comfort zone. I remember driving past a couple of places and writing down the name of the company and telling myself, “I’ll stop there next week.” It was difficult, but the next week came, and I stopped. Each time I stopped at a new place, it got easier, but it took some time to get comfortable in my role as a salesman.
Some people refuse to step outside their comfort zones when it comes to sharing the Gospel with others. However, the Bible is clear that everyone is called to proclaim Christ to the nations.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
1. Start with prayer. Ask God to give you the courage and the words to say. God knows who you need to speak to and what words need to be expressed. Bathe yourself in prayer.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37–38)
2. Have a conversation with someone you know. Chances are there are people God has placed in your life who need to hear the Gospel. Maybe it is a co-worker that you know, but you are unsure if they are a believer. Perhaps it is someone in a club or a civic organization that you belong to or a neighbor. When Andrew met Jesus the first person he told was his brother Simon Peter.
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). (John 1:41)
3. Tell your story. Everyone in Christ has a story to tell. Tell how you heard that God loves you. Share who told you about Jesus. Where were you when you realized you needed Jesus?
4. Always make the ask. One thing I learned from sales is that you always had to make the ask. If you didn’t ask, you’d go broke as a salesman. When it comes to sharing your faith, God has given you an opportunity and if the person has listened don’t forget to make the ask. Ask the person if they would like for Jesus to be their Savior. If they are not ready for that, ask them if they would come to church with you.
5. Remember that God is the one who turns a person’s heart towards Christ. Though we are to be obedient in sharing our faith, our persuasion alone is not enough
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
This Easter, why don’t you step out of your comfort zone and let God use you to make a Kingdom impact on someone’s life.