Leading people to Christ

Leading people to Christ and how to share the gospel

Let’s talk about leading people to Christ and why I think they reject Him.

Helping people discover Jesus means showing them how to have a personal connection with Him and helping them understand His message of being saved. It involves sharing Jesus’ love and truth, showing how He can change lives by how we live, and inviting others to feel the hope and change He offers. Leading others to Jesus is about helping them meet and follow God, encouraging them to dedicate their lives to Him, and supporting them as they start their own spiritual journey.

Have you watched the guy on TikTok who asks people, “Do you know Jesus?” Each time I watch it, my heart sinks into my stomach.

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It makes me think about how I can spend time leading people to Christ. I am not really as aggressive as I was a new Christian.

But I want to do better.

I often ask the Holy Spirit to help me identify opportunities that I could easily miss.

Anyway, as I watch Michel Haze’s TikTok (I saw his name after I embedded it), I wonder what makes people say “no” to Jesus.

What are the reasons people don’t want to follow Christ-followers?

Leading people to Christ couldn’t (or shouldn’t) be difficult if we present something better or more desirable than what they are currently experiencing.

Why does leading people to Christ matter, anyway?

Sharing the gospel is crucial because it offers hope and salvation to all people, fulfilling the commandment of Jesus to spread His message of love and redemption.

Scripture emphasizes this in several passages:

  1. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV): “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This Great Commission highlights the imperative for believers to share the gospel with others and make disciples.

  2. Romans 10:14 (NIV): “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” This verse underscores the necessity of proclaiming the gospel to those who have not yet heard it, as faith comes by hearing the message of Christ.

  3. Acts 1:8 (NIV): “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.” Jesus promises His followers the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses of His gospel message, spreading it to the ends of the earth.

  4. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV): “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” Believers are called to be ambassadors for Christ, representing Him and His message of reconciliation to a world in need of salvation.

By sharing the gospel and leading people to Christ, we clearly participate in God’s redemptive plan for humanity.

That is powerful. We get to extend His invitation of grace and salvation to all people.

We are told to love and leading people to Christ is a perfect demonstration of love and obedience to Christ’s command, motivated by our desire for others to experience the life-transforming power of the gospel.

Back to Michael’s video. Why don’t people accept Christ?

You can’t tell me they haven’t heard of Jesus!

Lead people to Christ and make it appealing

So, my notion is an ugly one.

Honestly speaking, more often than not, I think people reject Christ because of crazy Christians.

Certainly, the problem might be that their hearts have become too hard, but sometimes, it’s because we, as Christians, don’t always show Jesus in the best way.

I admit I haven’t always managed to do this.

Yeah, the problem could be “us” – Christians.

The “us” I’m referring to are the people they encounter on TV or mean, judgy Christians in their own lives.

Those kinds of Christians are often on TV and radio, sometimes talking wildly, promising wealth, and giving loads of judgment or criticism.

Evangelizing to a world who doesn't want Christ

They mix in politics and pass it off as faith.

It’s those narrow-minded Christians so bent on being right they are repulsive to the [very] people they are trying to draw. The following is an “ouch” that cuts both ways.

Instead of living the Christian life and building relationships, they prefer to focus on rules and laws.

They are wrapped up in what they “don’t do,” and they come across as trying to present as perfect. People can’t relate to perfect.

They relate to brokenness healed and soothed by the presence of Jesus Christ.

Leading people to Christ doesn’t mean pushing them down into the dirt. It means loving them to wholeness in Jesus.

That can take time.

People I’ve never met complicate my evangelism.

It seems kind of unfair that a man on television or an old lady in another state can make witnessing harder for me in my city.

Their spiritual “footprints” can make leading people to Christ harder for me than it needs to be.

Gee, I hope I don’t do that to someone else.

I pray my spiritual footprints are good and solid. I don’t want to hinder the Gospel.

Anyhoo, in my years of living, I’ve learned tons of reasons people reject Christianity. 

But, there are a few excuses I hear repeatedly.  

Let me share them with you.  I hope some of this is useful as you try to reach the lost people of the world.

My Godsy Girl Answer:

Yes, I agree!!!!

I am a ‘hot mess’ myself without the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and the power of His Word.

Truth be told, I can be a “hot mess” WITH it because sometimes I don’t obey and I just blow it.

Honey, I’m not perfect, I admit I mess up often. If you’re honest, so do you.

The Spirit of God deals with me daily (sometimes hourly…secondly…) to convict me of sin and my missed marks.

The good news is the Holy Spirit not only convicts but also gives us the power to assume authority over the sins that try to beset us.

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Romans 6:14 ESV

Real talk about being sinful.

We, as Christians, can come to a place where we master some of the things that tempt and trip us up.

But know this: we will never master them all. We will fall, sin, and mess up.

Nope, Christian Woman, perfection will not be attained on this side of heaven.

Still, life with Him means I don’t mess up as much as I used to, and when I do, I have grace.

People need to know that so they don’t feel hopeless or unqualified for Christianity.

Grace will help them (and us) every step of the way.

I don’t use that grace as an excuse to sin more because I’m no longer powerless against it.

If I choose to do wrong, the choice is mine.

The Holy Spirit in me gives me the power to fight the urges and temptations that trip me up.

I am no longer a slave to sin; I am more than a conqueror since I’ve come to know Jesus Christ and His way of living.

I’m so glad I don’t struggle with the things He delivered me years ago – the cursing, drinking, and anger are gone; replaced by so much more kindness, patience, and love.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9
Sin has a short shelf-life.

The tools to help me be a good witness of Jesus Christ

The Word of God (regular Bible study) and prayer are the keys to living a successful Christian life.

The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to reprove, teach, and free you.

Prayer draws you closer to the Father, These two alone are valuable tools for victory over sin: Scripture and the Holy Spirit. They are like tools for success!

They will empower you to be a strong Christian and will make leading people to Christ easier when you do it for people who lead someone who has been in your spiritual footprint.

Tools only work when you use them.

Here’s an example: imagine you’re creating a lengthy and important document on the computer. You’ve worked hours and hours to create it.

You find you’re almost finished.

You’ve double-checked and caught each typo (I need to do that more often on here). The phone rings, and you get up to answer it.

As you stand up, The computer screen suddenly goes blank, and you lose everything you’ve been working on!

Who’s at fault?

You are because, in all your doing, you forgot to save the document incrementally.

Sure, you could go around touting:

Don’t use computers!

They don’t work!”

“Never trust computers!

The problem wasn’t the computer, was it?

The computer worked fine.

But, you didn’t work the computer properly. YOU should have saved the document.

The parallel to Christianity

That’s the way people treat Christianity.

They say it doesn’t work, but they (themselves) failed in so many areas of execution and practice.

Hey, you have to “work” the Christian resources appropriately to live victoriously. 

Christians who don’t spend consistent time with the Lord tend to do “messed up” things—often and habitually.

It’s as simple as that.

In their failure, they hurt the banner of Christianity for others.

They make leading people to Christ harder. They are bad “PR” for the kingdom.

Christians, don't hurt people.

If Stoooopid Christian behavior hurt you…

If you’ve witnessed silly Christians, please keep your eyes on Jesus Christ and who He is.

Don’t focus on people and what they do because people will always fail you.

Why? Because they (like you) are all messed up, especially when they don’t work the tools!

Ultimately, we ALL need the Savior to make us whole as we live life in these “flesh and blood” bodies.

We’re frail.

The good news is we can still be made whole in Him.

You can beat that addiction and master that sinful habit – work those tools and get the help you need.

It won’t be easy. But if you keep your eyes on the Author and Finisher of your faith—not me, him, or her—you’ll be just fine.

Godsy Girl Answer: You got that right, Bub!

Do you even know what a crutch does?

First of all, do you know what a crutch does?

A crutch is a resource used to provide support when a weakness prevents full functionality. Get where I’m going, Godsy Girl?

With that said people who use reason #2 are exactly right.

We, as human beings, are incredibly delicate, weak entities.

We require (and long for) the sort of supernatural support that only God can supply.

Here’s how it plays out: in order to be genuinely strong, we rely on and trust in God completely.

We can “lean” on Him, and we happily do so.

Many people don’t have enough courage or faith to do that; they want to fix everything themselves.

News alert: they cannot.

Make sure they know that as you are leading people to Christ.

We all nee help sometimes, Christian Woman

Some things in life render you powerless.

You need a crutch.

In Him, we live, move, and have our being—no way around it. (Read John 15:5) Everyone needs a crutch sometimes. Sadly, most people’s crutches cause more harm than good.

Without the energizing power of Jesus, you are destined to meander through life, saying, “There’s just something missing,” and asking, “What is it?”

Many people mistakenly assume earthly stuff satisfies the void. It doesn’t work.

Other people try one relationship after another to feel fulfilled—that doesn’t work either.

Then, there are those who go the route of personal achievement to remedy that enduring emptiness, but they are soon disappointed.

In fact, I’m sure you’ve heard of countless billionaires confirming money doesn’t even come close to fulfilling the lingering void of humanity.

Imagine that despite all the money, power, and fame at their fingertips, their lives still lack that “something.”

Many of them don’t even know what that “something” is.

I do!

That “something” is Jesus Christ. We so desperately need Him to touch that aching place in the depths of our souls. We need Him. Everyone needs Him.

Doesn’t that make leading people to Christ more urgent?

Crutches – we all need them.

You will need Him as a crutch at some point. I hope you’re smart enough to turn to Him.

Someone you love will die I’m living that right now, and you will need a Crutch.

Your marriage will test your patience, and you’ll call on your everlasting crutch, Jesus.

Your children may hurt you to your core, but you will reach for your heavenly Crutch.

Disappointment, illness, financial problems, and heartbreak are all Crutch-worthy too!

So, yep, Christianity is for weak people – just like you and me.

Say that when leading people to Christ.

I proudly admit my weakness apart from Him. I need a Savior and Him every second of my day! Life without Him is like unseasoned mashed potatoes – boring, bland, and just GROSS!

Accept Him; invite Him into your life and watch Him blow your mind!

You may even put something on your car to let the world know about your Crutch. You’ll likely find a way to wear a symbol of your Crutch around your neck.

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”

Marian Wright Edelman

Godsy Girl Answer:

We’ve all heard – or said – this one before.

Although logically, it makes sense, in reality, it’s just a smokescreen.

For instance, I grew up entering and exiting my home through the garage, but that didn’t make me a Buick, did it?

Growing up in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than frequenting McDonald’s makes you a Chicken McNugget.

When it comes to your religious status, the past doesn’t really matter at all.

Just because you spent time in church doesn’t mean you made a confession to Christ.

If you did and you’re living like the devil now, you must wonder if you genuinely gave your life to Him. It’s not too late. Do it now.

Everyone who claims the Lord won’t be recognized by Him.

We must know Him, serve Him, and be convinced of our solid relationship with Him. (Read Mathew 7: 21-29)

Godsy Girl Answer:

This excuse always cracks me up because it’s true!

You didn’t expect that answer from a preacher’s wife, did ya?

But, it really is true.

Well, here are my thoughts:

People have no problem shuffling their money to Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom to get whatever it is they believe will enrich their lives.

Honey, news flash: Macy’s only wants your money, too!

Why is giving it to them more justifiable than giving it to the local church?

Why should a ministry cost nothing? Let me get this straight – a Coach bag for $350 is OK, but the church should operate expense-free?

Tips for leading people to Christ

At least pastors are giving you something priceless in return.

You’ll receive spiritual counsel, learn God’s Word, be part of a well-organized community, and experience God in fresh and new ways.

In order to accomplish this, some expenses are necessary.

You need lights because who wants to worship in the dark?

You had better have heat in the winter, or you won’t be able to feel your nose.

I double-dog dare you to have services in a church with no air-conditioning.

That all costs money, Honey. So, yes, the church wants your money.

Puh-lease!

Now, let me be clear. If you’ve got a greedy pastor who wants ONLY your money, you have a problem.

You need to pray about abandoning that leadership, especially if they drive luxury cars and live in expensive homes that are not reflective of the homes of their congregants.

I have a problem with a pastor living large while most of his people struggle financially.

That’s my opinion.

Reminder: I’m still talking about leading people to Christ and some of the reasons people don’t want to do it.

Christian women leading others to the Lord

Again, churches need money.

I am not advocating for those pastor “pimps” of the world. I understand some pastors parasite off of the congregants. That’s sad and dangerous. God will deal with them.

However, a responsible pastor will hold regular business meetings with easy-to-understand financial statements and full disclosures to build confidence and spotlight accountability.

No excuses for lazy pastors who beg money for personal gain. Shame on them!

On the flip side, if you desire a pastor who will stand by you in trouble, come to see you when you’re in the hospital, and counsel you through difficulty – he’ll need to be one hundred percent supported by the church.

Otherwise, the next time you need him…he may be busy…at work.

So, don’t be angry when your pastor encourages you to give.

The Word of God tells you to give; not to judge.

If you cannot trust your pastor with your money, how can you trust him with your soul? Think about it. Trust God with both.

Christian women and witnessing

That’s it. Those are my top 3 reasons people reject Christianity.

People have lots of reasons for putting off the salvation decision. None of them are good reasons.

Remember the Winan’s song “Tomorrow”? People always feel they have “enough” time. Only God really knows. Keep witnessing.

In the end, don’t be disappointed when people don’t immediately decide to follow the Lord. Trust Him and embrace what my husband always says: “Some plant, some water, but God gives the increase.” That 1 Corinthians 3:7 reference removes the pressure to make everything happen while we are with the person.

I love what Jack Hayford says in an article on his site.  The article is called “How Do I Lead Others To Christ”.  

As pertaining to leading folks to the Lord, he admonishes us to “recognize that new birth is multi-processed.” It takes time and process. 

Leave the process to the Lord. Only He knows where your encounter [with the person] is actually occurring in the “big picture” process.

Just plant and water.

Let’s go and start leading people to Christ!

Understanding why people don't come to the Lord and the problems we have with leading people to Christ.

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