Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why Do We Make Evangelism Hard?

The commission for the church is to share the gospel with those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and have eternal life through Him. This sounds easy yet the church can make it so difficult. We can talk about what is going on in our lives and how great the show was that we watched last night. Speaking about what God has done in Christ? There is silence.

Why have we made evangelism difficult? First, we are not a good speaker. When we think of one who preaches the gospel, we think of how eloquent of a speaker the preacher is. How clear his words are and how his voice projects to the masses. The call for evangelism is to every believer. It may not be on a stage, but it can be in a home or in a grocery store as you talk with people.

Second, we think they have to respond. Truth be told, people will respond to your gospel presentation. Some will respond by putting their faith in Jesus whether others will reject Jesus. Some will listen but not received and there are those who do listen but respond with hostility. Don't feel you have to hit a home run when you present the gospel. Be faithful in sharing the gospel. The response to the gospel being shared is not up to you. Jesus said, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" (John 6:44).

Third, we think it has to be a that moment. Are there times when evangelism must be done immediately? Yes. There are times when we can share an encouraging word with someone, but it may not be the right time. Think about the cashier at a store. It is would not be a good witness for Christ, if we talk with them as they work. It might get them fired, which can be a hindrance in sharing the gospel. Granted, there might be times when you are given a chance to witness to someone at their work, but that is not always the case. There are times when a phone call, a lunch, or even coming to your home might be a better opportunity for people.

Fourth, its the pastor's job. This is probably the biggest cop out for people to not evangelize. Some in the church think because the pastor is paid to do ministry, it is his job. If we look at the Bible, we see that a pastor's responsibility is "to equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Ephesians 4:12). 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to always be "prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you." This is a call to all Christians. We are being equipped by our pastors and teachers for the works of ministry so that we will always be ready to give reasons for the hop we have in Christ.

Finally, we all need to repent of being an introvert. Not everyone like public speaking nor do they like being in crowds, but they like being in their homes or a friend's home. The moment you become a Christian, it does not mean you become an extrovert. Being an introvert is not a sin. If you are an introvert, allow the Holy Spirit to work in you so that the door maybe opened for you to share the gospel. Ask God to give you boldness.

Evangelism is hard work and it is also a discipline. The problem with the American church is that we have made ways to excuse ourselves from this duty and privilege we have been given by the Lord Himself. Pray that God will give you a love for the lost and a heart to share His gospel.

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