You are a missionary for Jesus Christ. When you accepted Him as your Savior you made a covenant with Him and Heavenly Father that you would share His Gospel with others at any time and at any place.
In the 1970s, a popular phrase made the rounds: “Bloom where you are planted.” Those of us who have blossomed under the love and care of our Savior will not find it hard to take this phrase to heart. We are asked to come to flower, to stand out in beauty, for all to see and enjoy. And when flowers bloom, they produce seeds and the love they have is cast out to the winds to multiply.
We should all take the time to ask ourselves: Have I bloomed where God has sent me? Am I doing everything in my power to spread His joyous word? What can I do better to spread the Gospel?
And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. —Mark 16:15 KJV
Just as the missionaries of the original Church did, we must go forth from our homes and share the Word of God. If we expect our neighbors to knock on our doors asking for lessons, we will find ourselves spending many lonely days shuttered in our homes. It is only when we share the light of Christ that people’s minds become illuminated and they discover a life of joy heretofore unknown to them.
How about those who hold Christian beliefs already? This is all for the better because it gives us an opportunity to give praise and to bear testimony to each other, strengthening our faith. We must develop a plan to share the Gospel.
Before we begin any work for the Lord, we must, first and foremost, pray. We need His guidance on how to go forth as well as what to say and who to say it to. When we are ready, the Lord will let us know. He will give us opportunities that we can recognize and take advantage of.
Next, we need to get out and meet people. Take a walk around the neighborhood and get acquainted with your neighbors. Stop and spend some time engaging in casual conversation. As you continue to bump into them from time to time, begin to speak gently about your religious beliefs and ask what their spiritual paths are. Never disagree with them for this will shut down all chances for future contact. Instead, live as Christ lived and be an example of what His love has done to change your life.
If they are not regular church members, invite them to join you some Sunday at your meetings (even offering to provide transportation if needed). This will give them a chance to meet members of the congregation and to feel the sense of community that only your particular religion can provide. If at any point you feel rejected, do not take it to heart. In some cases, you are merely planting the seed of God’s love in their hearts and it will take another to nurture and grow that love until it is ready for the harvest.
No matter what the outcome of your missionary service, above all else, be a friend. This in itself is probably the most important service as Christians that we can supply to the world. Life can be hard sometimes and nothing is more valuable than a friend who understands and takes the time to listen, especially when times are bad. An open ear and a shoulder to cry on is sometimes all that we can offer — but it is enough.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. —1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV