The dynamic core of evangelism is investing and inviting.
Let’s start off with the invest part. Investing in someone is simply about building a relationship: getting to know them, spending time with them, entering into community with them.
Only within the confines of a relationship will there be the trust to be authentic and to have conversations about what matters most in life. You already have these relationships built into your life. You have friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers. You’ve got people you interact with through your kids at school or with sports teams.
The Core of Evangelism – Invest First
But if you’re going to make an impact on them for the cause of Christ, you’ve got to be intentional about those relationships. You’ve got to serve those relationships. You’ve got to invest in them as someone who is on mission for them and their life.
You’re going to pray like mad for them. You’re going to pray for your time with them. You’re going to pray for openings to talk about spiritual things, opportunities to let them get to know you and how Christ has intersected the deepest needs of your life.
And those openings will come.