But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
- Acts 20:24 NLT
Evangelism: the spreading of the Gospel by public preaching or personal witness.
If you hear that definition, you might get a little anxious. I know I do. Imagine standing up in front of a crowd and proclaiming the Gospel to everyone willing to listen. Even sitting down with someone you have a close relationship with and asking them if they know about the good news of the Gospel can be intimidating. I think it sounds fabulous, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that evangelism is difficult. It is challenging, but it is something we must do.
As Christians, we are called to engage in various disciplines such as studying scripture, praying, and worshiping. These are things that shouldn’t be burdensome, but habits that we enjoy doing because they help us grow spiritually. God also intends for us to engage in the spiritual discipline of evangelism. We are commanded to tell the whole world about Jesus and the never-ending grace He has shown us. We are instructed by Scripture to love our neighbors, and we love them best when we love them enough to share the Gospel with them (Mark 12:30-31). The love and compassion found within the Gospel is much greater than what we could ever give, so why are we so hesitant to share it with others?
We don’t grow by the mere thought of telling others about the Gospel, but we grow by going beyond what’s comfortable to share the love of God with others. You may be intimidated to tell someone about the Gospel because you don’t want to be rejected, but your job isn’t to convert people. We can’t change hearts, but we can do the work of telling the good news that has the ability to. It’s about planting seeds, not securing a commitment (Galatians 6:9). Even if the person walks away from a conversation without making a personal decision to follow Jesus, we shouldn’t be upset. We should rejoice in the fact that we were still able to serve Christ and have the opportunity to grow spiritually.
Today, I encourage you to practice the spiritual discipline of evangelism. Be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel to those around you in your actions and words. Start making a habit out of speaking boldly of the good news we have as Christians!
1. What are some obstacles that are keeping you from making evangelism a habit in your daily life?
2. What can you do to get past these? Pray that God will guide you to overcome any fears or anxieties by revealing His truth.
Father, thank You for giving me the opportunity to be a messenger of Your Word. Help me to prioritize sharing the Gospel in my daily life by showing me opportunities and giving me boldness when needed. I love You! Amen.
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