I’ve been busy, but I wanted to take a minute to write on a subject that is becoming more and more pressing to me everyday: Evangelism.
A few weeks ago, I was in a store parking lot, and a lady walked up to me and said, “can I ask you a question?” So I said sure. She went on to tell me how she was homeless and how she was trying to raise up enough money to get a room at a local motel to take a shower and get some decent rest. I knew, and had previously meditated (thought on) on the fact that it is our Christian duty to help those in need – so when she asked for cash, I had no reservations in giving to her and I really didn’t need to give it much thought.
Fast forward 10 minutes and all of a sudden it hit me: Why didn’t you talk to this woman about Christ? It honestly didn’t occur to me until she was long gone. Since then, I’ve been focusing my mind on evangelizing. What do I say? How should I approach the topic of Jesus with a perfect stranger? Then I came across this:
“Today, much of the emphasis of the church is placed on techniques of evangelism or spiritual warfare. We motivate people to witness through feelings of guilt or punishment if they don’t.”
This made me think that I don’t need to figure out a technique or how to approach a person. I really just need to focus on how much I love Jesus & how much Jesus loved/loves me! If I spend my time focusing on that fact, when an opportunity presents itself, I’ll automatically respond, “Do you know that God loves you so much that He sent his Son to die for you and me?”
As if I need anymore motivation to be Jesus’ “hype man,” Romans 1:16 says:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
An individual’s salvation is not up to me. All I’m doing is making the information available to them. Whether they accept the free gift is not up to me. And even if I never open my mouth, God still loves me. Isn’t that wonderful?