There are two things that can keep us from being fruitful among our friends who are yet to follow and know Jesus. These two simple ideas are reflected in this passage from Peter, the disciple:
“Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world” (1 Peter 2:11,12, NLT).
Two keys to the Gospel flowing through our lives:
2) We live differently than those we live among
If we err on either of these fronts we will find ourselves unfruitful as conduits of the Good News. For the Gospel to spread in the normal pathways of our lives demands that we be present in our world and that we be set apart from the rest of the pack in terms of our character and “quality of life.”
Do you have any friends or family members who are yet to know and follow Christ? Is your life any different than those friends? If your answer to either of these questions is “no” in all likelihood your life isn’t carrying the Good News of Jesus.