Question: Can you be too bold in sharing the gospel or your witness to unbelievers?
That is not the approach which Scripture lays out for us as those called to “Go, make disciples of all nations.” Having said that, in our country, the statistics are quite dismal regarding the percentage of professing believers who actively share the gospel and their witness to the unsaved. For decades now, research has shown that only a very small percentage of Bible-believing Christians in America regularly present the biblical gospel to the unbelievers around them! So we DO need boldness! Just not the critical, abrasive kind…
No if “too bold” means that you are one who purposes to show and share the gospel regularly, living as one who displays Jesus Christ through your life, lips and with a strong love for the lost, then you are not “too bold.” You’re a faithful, obedient Christian!
The clearest, most powerful description for how to live and witness for Christ is presented by the Lord Himself in the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt 5:3-12).
In the greatest sermon ever preached, He tells us to be those who humbly put Him on display:
First, by manifesting, through the power of the Spirit, “beatitude attitudes.” These are the attributes of a gospel-transformed heart. They reflect the very nature and character of the Lord Jesus! (Matt 5:3-11)
Next He tells us to put Him on display be being “salt and light.” We are to faithfully demonstrate, in our personal context , the “preserving actions” of salt. (For centuries, salt was primarily used as a “preservative” – this is known as the pre-refrigeration era!) These ‘salt-like’ attitudes include humility, honesty, kindness, personal responsibility, hard work, self-sacrifice and Christ-like love.
Thirdly, “light” brings clarity and sight to those it shines on! A godly life – a “beatitude-attitude” life – gives a clear and authentic testimony of the saving power of the gospel to unbelievers around us.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that the may see your good works and, glorify your Father who is in heaven”(Matt..516)
So, be bold like our Lord:
- With your life, show the reality of the saving grace of God through the gospel.
- With your lips, seek for opportunities to share the gospel with those around you, merging grace and truth together in a compelling way.
- With Christ’s love that dwells within, seek to do “good works” for the unsaved around you. Like befriending the one who is not part of the “in-crowd” at work, or the one who is caught up in all kinds of sinful stuff and silently crying out for help, or the self-sufficient one who appears to have it all together.
- Be known as the one who humbly embraces everyone with the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus!
That’s how we should be “too bold”!