Isn't this our biggest fear? More than we fear being persecuted for our faith, I believe most of us fear being ignored for it. I'm not too proud to admit that I have, at times, tucked me disciple tail between my legs in fear of becoming the weird "Christian" outcast in social settings. Am I alone here? I'm willing to bet not.
What my Twitter friend didn't realize though, was she making a mistake. She was making the same mistake that I had made before, and the same mistake that millions of Christians make every single day.
She thought that evangelism was about what you say. In reality though, it is far more about what you do.
Take the ministry of Jesus for example. I think we can all agree would be considered an expert in this area. Throughout the gospels, we rarely see Jesus leading with words. When he called his first disciples, he first filled their nets with fish. Whenever Jesus engages in a debate with the Pharisees, it is always after he has just performed a miracle that they do not agree with whether it was healing in the Sabbath, or feeding the 5,000. (Also, something to notice, the Pharisees are always coming to Him. Not the other way around) Then lastly, before Jesus gave the great commission, he died in the cross.
Before Jesus shared the faith with words, he lived it through his actions. And once he lived it through his actions, the people came to him. I believe that the same might happen to us if we would be willing to put away our "Christian agenda" for a second and instead focus on loving and serving our co-workers by doing stuff. We no longer need to worry about starting awkward conversations. When we live our faith, the conversations come to us.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for being intentional in our relationships. But there are other ways to be intentional than cornering someone with an awkward invitation to your Bible study when you're not actually 100% sure of their name. To intentional in a relationship, you have to intentionally establish one first.
I believe that Christians in the whole can be a bit more patient in our evangelistic efforts. We can be a bit less like a 16 year old boy on a date who's just looking to "score". We can, instead, be in it for the long term. We can make an investment in the other person. This is truly loving someone. This is true evangelism.