April 15th was a day to celebrate one of the greatest baseball figures in history, Jackie Robinson.
What made this man remarkable was the way he reacted after facing blatant harassment and abuse. His response to animosity is a great example to Christians facing persecution while sharing their faith.
Here are 3 evangelism tips to learn from Jackie Robinson:
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Shake the Dust Off Your Feet
During a season on the road, Jackie Robinson and his team stopped at a gas station where the owner refused to let Jackie use the nearby rest room. Jackie responded by telling the owner they would leave if he didn’t allow him and the team to use the rest room. The owner realized this would be a loss of business and ultimately changed his mind.
When Jesus sent out his disciples for evangelism, He said, “And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town” (Matthew 10:14).
When sharing your faith, sometimes it is okay and necessary to walk the other way. This is not a time to leave in self-righteousness anger but with sadness and prayer for those who neglect the truth about Jesus Christ.
Racism followed Jackie Robinson wherever he went. He was turned away from rest rooms, restaurants, and hotels all because he was black.
Just like Jackie, Christians will be hated wherever they go. Jesus claimed, “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man come” (Matthew 10:22-23).
You must not let persecution hinder you from further sharing your faith. The Lord guarantees persecution, but He also guarantees blessings. Which brings me to my next point…
3. The Reward is Great
In July 1962, after years of taking verbal and physical assault, Robinson became the first African American to join the baseball Hall of Fame. Everything paid off for him in the end as he continues to inspire and motivate athletes across the world to this day.
James 1:12 writes, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
As great as it was for Jackie to make the baseball Hall of Fame in this lifetime, it is much greater for Christians facing persecution because they will make the heavenly hall of fame in eternity.