Earlier this year I shared the Gospel with two different members of my extended family. Sadly, neither of them decided to follow Jesus.
Here was the surprise: We're still friends.
Not only that, we're probably better friends than we were before.
We think that a spiritual conversation or sharing the Gospel will immediately brand us as fanatic and we'll never get to speak to that person again. And while it is true that the Gospel can divide (Jesus said so in Matthew 10:34-36), my experience is that sharing the Gospel as part of a thoughtful conversation doesn't need to lead to a rift, especially with someone who is exploring what they believe.
The good news about this Good News story is it's not finished yet. The next step if someone is spiritually interested but not ready to believe (a yellow light), is to invite them to a Discovery Bible Study to learn more about who Jesus is.
I'll keep you posted.