Clever ways to share the gospel without saying a word: a challenge for every christian.
1. Wall quotes and house decorations
Decorating your house with scriptures and other similar decorations is not only a great way to witness to all of your guests and neighbors, it’s also something God actually commanded the Israelites to do. Consider this passage in the Old Testament:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
You can buy these quotes on eBay or Amazon, or you can find a local vinyl shop to make them for you. They are made of vinyl, and they simply stick to your wall. They only cost about $6-20 per quote, and most online sellers will do custom orders for you (if they don’t have a scripture you’d like).
Think about it: a wall quote is usually far less money than a painting or picture frame, and it reveals God’s wonderful truth!
Other ways you can decorate your house include the following:
– Garden flags with scriptures, crosses, etc. on them.
– Nativity scenes during the holidays, instead of Santa or pagan decorations.
– Paintings of religious scenes.
– 10 commandments stone or plaque display in your yard or on your wall.
Adrian Rogers once made a great point. He said, “Sometimes we christians get all upset when they take down the 10 commandments from some public building. Question: “How many of you have the 10 commandments posted in your own home?” Great point, Adrian!
2. Bible in your office or work area
Another easy way for you to witness to others about Jesus is to show people how much you value the word of God. Consider having a Bible on your desk at the office, in your home, in your work area, etc. You can even keep a copy of the Bible in your car. Of course, you can use other decorations, too.
By doing this, you’re showing others that you read the Bible regularly and that you hold God’s word in high esteem. It will also be handy in case you have the opportunity to witness to someone verbally. You can also get in a quick reading or devotional during lunch.
3. Decorations for your Car (radio, Bible)
Decorating your car with classy symbols or bumper stickers is also a great way to share the gospel with other drivers. Just make sure you don’t suffer from excessive road rage or speeding, for that would be a horrible testimony!
Here are things you can do with your car to share Jesus:
Hang a cross from the mirror.
Bumper sticker or vinyl decoration with a scriptural quote or the name of Jesus.
Front tag or rear tag with christian symbols or scriptures (I have the “Jesus Fish” on the front of my car which matches the colors of my car).
Keeping your radio stations programmed to christian music or good preaching stations. I have Dr. J Vernon McGee’s 5-year “Thru the Bible” program on a jump drive in my car radio, and it has been a great blessing when we drive anywhere! He covers the entire Bible verse by verse.
4. Gospel tracts
gospel tracts are small pieces of paper with the gospel message printed or written on them. You can get them from most churches, and you can also find them in printable form on the Internet.
There are lots of opportunities for you to give these out. For example, you can give them out to your cashier at the grocery store, to people soliciting money on the street (perhaps with a small donation), in public areas, and so forth. All you have to do is smile and say, “Hello, may I give you this?” Most people will agree to take it.
You could even take a day to write a personal story about what Jesus has done for you, and then add a short section on how to be saved.
gospel tracts may seem outdated, but I’ve heard many people talk about being saved from a gospel tract!
5. Social media/online
Many people have blogs, social media accounts, and so forth. What a perfect opportunity to stand up for Jesus Christ! I’m not saying you must have a social media account, but if you already have a blog or social media presence, why not use that space to tell others about Jesus? Talk about church events. Talk about how much God means to you.
Post scriptures on your account or on your profile. Share helpful articles and videos that explain God’s truth so that your others will notice and have an opportunity to be saved. Share funny memes. There are many opportunities to really impact your followers. The ungodly sure use it to spread their junk. I say let’s use it to spread Jesus! Also talk about your shortcomings and how thankful you are that Christ died to pay the penalty for your sins.
However, don’t use the same account to show pictures of you drinking beer with your friends, having cleavage pop our of your shirt, and all the other nonsense that people post on the social networks. It goes against the very Bible you’re trying to preach!
6. Text messaging
Even if you don’t want to orally share the gospel on the phone, you can always use text to send scriptures, share articles, invite people to church, etc. Text messaging is a great way to talk to others about Jesus, or invite them to a church event.
7. Holiday cards
If you send out cards for birthdays, Christmas, or other holidays, buy cards that have scriptures in them. Otherwise, consider writing a scripture in the message of the card. That is a great way to share God’s word in a friendly way. It helps put people’s mind back on the most important thing in the universe: our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
8. Praying for meals at work or restaurants
We should never pray a vain prayer for the malicious reason to be seen by others others. Jesus warned against making prayers for this purpose:
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).
Jesus isn’t condemning all forms of public prayer, in fact, for even he prayed publicly:
“Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted” (John 6:11).
Genuine prayer is a great way to witness to others about your faith in Jesus! Think about it: suppose you sit down in a crowded office to have lunch, but you stop, bow your head, and say a quick prayer privately. Someone may be watching you out of the corner of their eye, and your prayer may speak to their conscience.
Even if you’re with a coworker who is non-religious, you could say something like: “Excuse me while I give thanks to the Lord”, or “Do you mind if I give thanks for this meal?” Most people will consent. Just don’t do it in an “I’m holier than you” kind of way.
9. Email signatures
If you use email often, you can usually create “signatures”, which is just a short phrase or paragraph that will automatically post at the end of every message you write. Why not put a scripture like John 3:16 in that signature and say: “This is my favorite Bible verse”, or something similar. Alternatively, you could just say something about Jesus.
In addition, you can even choose email addresses with something about Jesus in it. It’s a quick and easy way to share the gospel without being pushy.
10. Business Cards
If you hand out a lot of business cards, consider posting a scripture on the back, or along the bottom. If nothing else, you can post a Jesus fish or a cross. That’s an easy way to let others know that you are a christian, and that Jesus means something to you.
11. Clothing/apparel with quotes
Another easy way to witness without speaking is to wear clothing with scripture, crosses, or the “Jesus fish” symbol on them. There are plenty of hats, t-shirts, tote bags, backpacks, jewelry, and more.
I’m not saying that your entire wardrobe has to be like this, or that you must wear this every day. I certainly don’t. But isn’t this an easy way to share Jesus? I mean, a tastefully designed hat with a cross isn’t tacky. Most people are already sharing something on their clothing. People wear clothing with NIKE swooshes, various logos, and everything else.
Why not have at least a hat or a couple of shirts that represent the most important being in the world, who offers salvation freely to whosoever believes on him? Shouldn’t we be willing to represent Jesus? However, I would warn against getting tattoos in this same way. God discourages that practice.
12. The name of the Wi-Fi connection
When I set up the Wi-Fi router in my house, I had to scan my computer for other signals. I had an idea: why not name my router something to tell others about Jesus? So I named my Wi-Fi connection “Jesus_Saves”. Anytime someone searches for Internet signals to connect to, they’ll see this name. It’s simple, yet it may speak to someone one day. Who knows how the Lord may use that?
13. Letting your light shine
Last but not least, we can witness silently in the way that we lead our daily lives. Jesus told us to let our light shine before others:
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
When we treat people with respect, help out those in need, and stand for righteousness in a wicked world, it can do wonders. Someone once said: “A glowing christian testimony is worth an entire library full of arguments.”
Let’s try to share our faith through our way of life, and let’s try to make people understand how happy we are to have Jesus.