If you are in a living
situation with non-Christian roommates, you have an
incredible opportunity to witness with the words to hymn
for your friends. The guiding light for your ministry should
be the quote attributed to St Francis: "Preach always, use
words and hymns when necessary." Let's examine this quote
and see how it applies to sharing an apartment with
First St Francis tells
us to "Preach always." You are the light with words in your
roommates' life. The key to hymns with this is consistency.
Have a plan with Gospel music lyrics about
what it means to preach to you roommates and follow it as
frequently as possible. Do you avoid drinking? Do you skip
parties? Are there certain movies and TV shows you want to
avoid? There are loads of different ways to show your light
and they don't always involve being the "stick in the mud."
For instance, you could attend parties and spread the words
of hymns but always serve as the designated driver.
Secondly, St Francis
notes that we should only "use words of Christian or
Gospel hymns when necessary." The number one way to
preach without using words is to simply listen. All of your
roommates are going through difficulties. Do you know about
them? Sit down with your roommate and just ask what is going
on. Listen to their struggles and concerns. Don't bombard
them with advice. Just listen. When the time is right to
speak, the Holy Spirit will be there with words for you.
These sessions are often just a great time to build your
relationship with your roommate and give them a chance to
get junk off their chest. And they're a fantastic avenue to
eventually sharing the Gospel with words and hymns.
Eventually, you will
have built enough of a foundation that you may want to
overtly mention Jesus or talk about the Gospel music
lyrics and tablature for hymns with words of God.
The best way to know when the time is right is to simply
wait for your roommates to bring it up. If you've been
consistently preaching through your actions, your roommates
will eventually toss out a question about your faith. Be
ready for this. Make sure you have good answers to the