How About Sharing The Gospel With A Smile?

Why can't you smile as you share the gospel? Good news is fir sharing.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is goodnews and goodnews is for sharing. But do you share goodnews with a frown on your face? No!

How come you always put on a very ‘serious’ face whenever you share the gospel? How about sharing the gospel with a genuine smile plastered on your face?

This last Sunday morning, I was driving to church when I noticed a middle-aged lady standing at the edge of my street handing out some gospel tracts to passers-bye. Such practice is a usual sight in the part of Lagos where I live, so there is nothing spectacular about it.

But as I looked closely at the lady, I observed that she was wearing a very serious look, not smiling at all. Her hands were handing out the supposed printed messages of love but her face didn’t show any happiness or enthusiasm. That got me thinking!

“Why can’t she just put on a smile while dishing out those leaflets to her target recipients?” I asked myself under my breath as I waited for my turn to negotiate the intersection next to where she stood.

I didn’t mean to judge her but I couldn’t resist thinking about the observation as I drove along to my destination. But before I could push the thought any further, it dawned on me that many Christians make the same mistake while sharing their faith with other people. (I am not exempting myself either).

I recall an incident in that regard in the year 2000. I boarded a city mass transit bus to work. I took the opportunity to openly share the gospel with everyone on board. (Unlike what is obtainable at present, preaching, advertising etc were not banned on some public buses then).

My voice was loud enough to be heard in all corners of the vehicle. So I declared the gospel message to my audience to the best of my understanding….

  • “Jesus loves you, He died for you and is calling you into a personal relationship with Him…”
  • “Only Jesus can save you. There is no other name through which you can be saved….”

I went on passionately along those lines for a couple of minutes with all the energy and enthusiasm in me. But I didn’t realise how too straight-faced I was until I overheard a co-passenger say something like,”This is not a quarell here, we got your message.”

Really? I was preaching like it was a quarrel? Of course I didn’t realise it. But whether the comment was unwarranted or not, I got the message…

A natural smile flowed from my heart to my face as I heard that comment. My voice had been too tough and my look so stern, may be. I took the unsolicited correction and began speaking in a more loving way, without compromising the message.

Since then, I have come to know better on how to carry my face or body language while sharing about Christ with someone – be it on a one on one basis or with a larger audience. It doesn’t mean the gospel should be preached with levity or with a “take it or leave it” kind of attitude.

Agreed that the message of the gospel is a serious message. But it has to be delivered in love.

  • Realise that the gospel is better shared with love, with a smile than with a frown.
  • The gospel is a message of love. It should be shared in love.
  • Let not your attitude confuse your hearers.

I mean, you tell someone that Jesus loves him or her wearing a frown on your face? How do you reconcile that? Let me say it again:

  • The gospel is goodnews.
  • Goodnews is for sharing.
  • The gospel is goodnews that should be shared with joy and enthusiasm.
  • The gospel should be shared in love, always.
  • If you are telling someone that the Lord is good to you, don’t show otherwise; don’t look like God has forsaken you. As you preach the gospel to someone, don’t let it be a case of “Your message is lovely but the look on your face betrays it.

    Sharing the gospel is a divine call. Why can’t you share a smile as you share it?




    ©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

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    15 thoughts on “How About Sharing The Gospel With A Smile?

    1. Wally Fry November 29, 2016 / 2:26 am

      My pastor sometimes says….If you all are really saved, maybe you should tell your face.

      LOL..

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      • VictorsCorner November 29, 2016 / 8:09 am

        Thanks Wally. I had a good laugh reading that. Your pastor is right you know.

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        • Wally Fry November 29, 2016 / 2:20 pm

          He is. I sit up in the choir sometimes and look out…and wonder why some even bother. Arms crossed, scowls on their faces. As if they are daring somebody to bless them!

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          • VictorsCorner November 29, 2016 / 3:55 pm

            I wonder too. Why are some people not Happy even in church? Whatever happened to the joy of salvation we are all supposed to have!

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    2. gadolelohai November 29, 2016 / 9:56 am

      They tell us spread gospel but not how to spread it..thank you for revealing the secret of smile during gospel sharing

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      • VictorsCorner November 29, 2016 / 3:52 pm

        You are welcome. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    3. Brandon Adams November 29, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      Smokes…this never even occurred to me until today. What besides the Gospel could bring MORE reason to smile??!! Everything is better sold when we smile.

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    4. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus December 2, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      I was yelled at yesterday Victor by a Man sharing his Testimony, he asked me loudly and sternly; if I knew Jesus and if I was following and serving Him, I was a bit taken aback but I said I was a Christian and than he put his pamphlet in my Scooter basket and said read this and continued yelling at others passing by. I was not impressed but decided to read his message because he was so passionate.

      He had been in a Church and believed he was a Christian but having to face problems in his life he had felt discouraged and had fallen into sin, he became addicted to drugs which pulled him right down, years later he came to heart repentance and was I’m sure now trying to be faithful to share Jesus and warn others so they would not do as he had done.

      The danger of telling new Christians or those seeking God, that they will never have problems when they become a Christian and will always be Happy Clappy, means when they do have trouble they doubt their Faith. Jesus said we will have problems when we follow Him, we will be hated, persecuted etc by our families, friends and some in the Church and we may even be Martyred but yes that we would also be greatly rewarded too.

      John 15:17-19 These things I command you, that ye Love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

      Luke 21:16-18 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my Name’s sake.

      2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

      Luke 6:21-23 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

      1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.

      Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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      • VictorsCorner December 3, 2016 / 6:30 am

        Thanks for commenting Anne. I know we can face problems in our Christian walk but that shouldn’t take away the joy of our salvation. More importantly in sharing our faith, we should do it in love.
        The man you talked about, if you weren’t a Christian you might have been put off by his attitude. That we want to share our faith passionately does not give us the right to yell at others.
        The gospel of Christ is a message of love. We shouldn’t come across to people as preaching it by force or with hatred written all over our faces.

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    5. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus December 5, 2016 / 8:37 am

      I think we also need to remember Victor that both Jesus and Paul, just to name a few, never always shared God’s Truth with a smile, not saying we need to get a whip out but they knew the consequences of not believing, yes Jesus knew the hearts of Men and that many were choosing Eternal suffering by rejecting Him, we grieve for this too and perhaps it was why the man yelled at me, or he may have had limited hearing, deaf impaired people often yell or they whisper.

      Jesus was known as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and He cried but He had inner Joy too and so do we when it is a certainty for us given through the Empowering of The Holy Spirit that in Christ Jesus we are a Redeemed Child of God and even when we have tears in our eyes because of our Suffering and Hardship, we can still have Inner Joy because it is not about being Happy Clappy.

      Blessings – Anne.

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      • VictorsCorner December 5, 2016 / 5:54 pm

        You are right Anne. We share the gospel as hard truths sometimes but we don’t have to be grumpy about it. The truth we share should be presented in love. We shouldn’t scare the same crowd we were meant to reach. Let the joy of salvation we have in our hearts be seen on our faces too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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