“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
As believers, we need to be careful about how we act when we are around people who do not know God. It can be tempting when we are around unbelievers to act the way they do. Sometimes we feel like no one’s watching if the people we are with do not know how God wants people to behave. But this is precisely when others are watching, believe it or not, unbelievers are watching. Whether they consciously think about it or not, they are observing our behavior.
And if our behavior is godly, it will often lead to opportunities for us to share our faith with others. Folks, someone will ask you why you don’t do this or do that, there is your opportunity share your faith.
Remember, our time on earth is limited. We need to make the most of it by honoring God with our actions, especially toward unbelievers.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
1 Peter 3:15 NKJV
The Bible tells us to share the Good News about Jesus with others. But it does not tell us how they will respond. It would be great if they all immediately dropped to their knees and believed that Jesus died for their sins. But that’s not likely to happen.
What is likely to happen is that they will challenge us with statements or questions like these:
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“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NLT
As amazing as it sounds, we don’t necessarily have to travel far to spread the Good News of Jesus to “all nations.” We can start with the people we see every day. Every time we talk to someone about Jesus, it’s like a pebble being dropped into a pond. It causes only a tiny splash, but it creates a ripple that can travel to the ends of the pond.
Like that pebble, one conversation about Jesus may not seem like a big deal. But that single conversation could turn out to be the start of something far-reaching, especially with the Holy Spirit working behind the scenes.
The Holy Spirit has the power to help us understand and communicate God’s Word in meaningful ways, put us in the right place at the right time with the right words in our mouths, and open people’s eyes and hearts to our message.
Folks, if we step out and take risks by sharing our faith, the Holy Spirit will make sure it isn’t done in vain. That doesn’t mean every person we talk to will become a believer. But it does mean that our efforts will never be wasted. Our words may spread seeds that are carried to all nations.