According to some Christian leaders, you are not really serving God unless you do what they do: preach. Although not suggesting you aspire to their place on the platform, the idea is that you should preach the gospel - to any person in any situation – regardless of how contrived, ill timed or placed it might be. While obviously well intended it is generally misguided advice.
The result is a lot of Christians awkwardly shoehorning the gospel in unsuccessfully to uninterested people. The consequence is often both parties walking away with bad stereotypes reinforced. The Christians walk away wrongly believing that “most people are not interested in knowing God.” The other party walks away believing that Christians are disingenuous, and our faith unnatural and not integrated into our lives.
These two outcomes are unnecessary and generally result from Christians living under a wrong pressure to preach the gospel. Please allow me as a career minister, and someone who loves to preach, to set you free to be who God has created you to be. The last thing God wants you to do is preach.
Yes, you read that correctly – the last thing God wants you to do is preach.
If you are a marketplace professional, business owner, tradesman, or stay at home mom, it is not your primary job to preach the gospel. Your job is to succeed in your career with excellence and love your life so much that people are drawn to your excellence and exuberance. When they can no longer refrain from asking about your secret to life, then preach the gospel.
Jesus came to give you a life to live, not just a message to preach. He came so you could have life and life of such a high quality that it provokes people to ask how you got it. In the Bible, Peter wrote in his first letter “always be ready to give an answer to those who ask about the hope inside of you.” You should be ready to answer clearly after your life has compelled someone to ask.
A more effective model of sharing our faith is being free to live such a full, excellent life that you become what others want to be. When they are drawn to you and want to know your secret, then you should share with them. God does want you to preach, but it’s the last thing He wants you to do.