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The Right Approach

Daily Devotional for April 21, 2015

Read: 1 Corinthians 9:16-22; Ephesians 5:1-2

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

As Evan climbed into Grandpa's car, he held out a tin can. "Look, Grandpa! I dug up some worms for bait yesterday."

Grandpa smiled. "That's good . . . but I heard from some friends that the fish are really going for minnows lately, so I got some of those."

"Oh, they'll like these worms, too," Evan said confidently.

Later, as Evan and Grandpa sat on the cold concrete of the pier, they talked about fishing and sports and school. "How's your friend Alex?" asked Grandpa. "You said you were hoping for a chance to tell him about Jesus."

Evan sighed. "I've tried, Grandpa, but he's not interested. He told me last week that he and some of the other guys tried smoking, so I told him that was a sin and if he were a Christian, he'd know better. He looked at me funny and walked away. He did go to church with his uncle last week, but that church doesn't teach about Jesus. I told Alex he should come to our church because it's much better. He just got mad. I don't think he'll ever want to know about Jesus." Evan pulled his line out of the water. "And I don't think I'll ever catch any fish. You caught two, and I haven't had a nibble."

"Sure you don't want to try some of my bait?" offered Grandpa as he reeled in another fish.

"I guess I will," decided Evan. "I thought all fish liked worms, but maybe they don't."

"Different fish go after different types of bait," Grandpa said, fastening a minnow

to Evan's line. "You know, using the right bait for the kind of fish you're trying to catch applies to sharing the gospel, too. Some people respond to a simple, straightforward approach, but most must be won with soft words and acts of kindness."

Evan frowned. "You mean Alex, don't you?" he asked.

Grandpa nodded. "It sounds like you've been pretty blunt with him. Maybe instead you could invite him to a Sunday school party or other event where he'll enjoy himself and hear the gospel, too." He smiled at Evan. "And don't forget--your own actions and kind words can also point him to Jesus."

Are you unsure how to tell a friend about Jesus? Not everyone responds to the gospel in the same way. Think about what might peak your friend’s interest in hearing more about Jesus, like a chance to get involved in fun church activities or meeting friends who accept them for who they are. Ask God to show you the best way to witness to your friend.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 9:22 (KJV)
I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
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