Guest Author: Samuel Thomas
What is the one and only thing that will matter in 300 million years? The only thing that will matter is if you are with Jesus in Heaven or separated from Him in hell.
What are we doing of significance today that will matter in 300 million years from now?
In this post, I’d like to address something that, for a lot of us, we often overlook. Something we make a lot of excuses not to do. Something we don’t take seriously even though it has serious and eternal significance!
Now, what is evangelism? It’s real simple. Evangelism is sharing God’s love with others.
Well that’s nice and all, but what is the point? Why should I evangelize? The first thing to know is that evangelism is not a spiritual gift! It’s the same thing as praying or giving – everyone has the ability to do it. In fact, sharing God’s love is actually a command. Jesus gives us the command to evangelize to the world in Matthew 28:16-20; this passage is commonly known as the “Great Commission,” not the “Great Suggestion.” These were Jesus’ last words to His disciples before He went back into Heaven, so we can be sure that they are very important to us. Jesus tells His disciples, “GO and MAKE disciples.” He makes it very clear! Just as we all know that God tells us not to cheat, steal or murder, we can clearly see here that God commands us to witness to the lost. Go!
That’s great, but I still don’t feel like evangelizing. It’s a lot of work. Give me another reason why I should. Do you love others? Do you love your unbelieving friend that you’ve known for years? We all, including myself, have someone who comes to our mind who is hurting and needs Jesus. Maybe we do love them, but our fear is that we’ll lose them once we share the Gospel. Or we think they’ll see us differently once we bring up Jesus. Question: What kind of friendship is it if we go to Heaven with Jesus when we die, and our friend goes to hell? What kind of friendship is it if we are friends for 20 years on earth, but then separated from them for an eternity?
The most loving thing you can do for a person is to present the Gospel in hopes of bringing them to salvation. God allows us to be friends with lost people so that we can plan seeds in their lives and help them become eternal friends with Jesus! Wouldn’t it be glorious to get to Heaven one day and see people who you presented the Good News to? Next time you see your unbelieving friend, who God is placing on your heart, think to yourself, “I want to see you in Heaven holding hands with and smiling at the person of Jesus.”
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” | C. H. Spurgeon
Since I am commanded to evangelize and have the ability to, does that make me an evangelist or missionary?
“To be a missionary you don’t have to cross the sea, you just have to see the cross.” | Mark Cahill
Yes! God wants to use us as instruments of salvation where we are. Acts 8 tells the story of an Ethiopian reading the book of Isaiah. Philip met the man and asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replies, “How can I know unless someone explains it to me?” Philip them proceeds to tell him the “good news about Jesus.” Just as God used Philip in this passage, God wants to use each one of us to explain the Gospel to those who don’t understand it. Be that instrument to those you love.
How do I evangelize? Witnessing is learned. God burdens our hearts to reach the lost, but we must get out there and start practicing those conversations. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.
Let’s look at God’s Word. In Acts 17, Paul observes his surroundings and finds an altar ascribed to an unknown God (v. 26), He uses his observation to point his audience to a “God who made the world and everything in it…and does not live in temples built by human hands.”
In John 4, Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and compares the Gospel to living water. In both cases, the Gospel presenters use their surroundings to turn a normal conversation to a conversation with eternal significance.
What is going on around us today? From what I’ve been seeing, there have been a lot of tragedies. When these inevitable conversations come up with our friends, follow the Holy Spirit’s lead and ask the question, “What do you think happened to those people who died? Where do you think they go?” Allow God to use these events to spark a conversation about eternity – an intentional, meaningful conversation.
Did someone lead you to Christ? If so, then you know how to lead someone else to Christ. Just think back of how you were saved and use your testimony to confidently explain the Gospel!
What are the three possible outcomes that could happen when we share our faith?
Read these verses carefully and look at what they say about being rejected for sharing the love of Jesus.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. | 1 Peter 4:14
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. | Luke 6:22-23
After reading those verses, let’s reevaluate our calculations again…
Winning. Winning. Winning. We win 100% of the time!
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” | Romans 10:13-15
God has chosen us to be the primary way to bring people to Him.
So, GO and MAKE disciples with the full confidence that God is with you and you are always winning!
Excited about what you read and want to learn more? Read One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill!
“To the rooftops I will go, I’ll shout it from the windows, I am saved!”