By the name of this post some of you may already be a little leary as to what you are about to read. Persuade is a pretty strong word. Some people in Christian circles don’t even like using the word as it conjures up images of pushy car salesman or invasive telemarketers that call in the middle of dinner. Unfortunately this word does come with negative baggage. However, it doesn’t change what we find in scriptures (NLT):
- Acts 17:4 – Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women.
- Acts 28:23 – So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening.
- 2 Corinthians 5:11 – Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.
Persuade = sharing your faith!
The word persuade describes how we are supposed to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11 makes the strongest case for it in mind. It decribes sharing our faith with those who don’t know Christ as our “fearful responsibility to God” and affirms that it is a sincere persuasion.
So who have you persuaded lately with the power of the Gospel? Have you challenged your teen to identify one lost friend that they need to relationally and relentlessly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with? Don’t be intimidated by the nature of the word “persuade.” Be persuaded by the power of the Gospel!