Recently, I’ve been really convicted about evangelism. I just don’t do it. I pray for opportunities, I plan what I want to say, then God opens up the opportunity . . . and I chicken out. I just make excuses and plan their response without even giving them or God a chance. It embarrasses me to admit that in the 13 years I have been saved, I’ve only attempted to share the Gospel 4-5 times. Through various devotionals, sermons, and scripture passages, God has laid this shortcoming of mine on my heart. I’d like to be able to stand before the throne of our heavenly Father one day and say, “I was not ashamed of the Gospel.”
So, I’ve been thinking, “What steps do I need to take, in order to start evangelizing?” Then it struck me…why am I wondering how to start evangelizing? If God has promised to give us the words to say, then all I need to do is open my mouth. There is nothing that should be holding us back from sharing the Gospel. We have no idea how long we will be on earth. In James 4:14, James reminds us that life is short and unpredictable. “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” I’m currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. He’s been expounding on this verse and challenging the reader to evaluate what is holding us back from sharing with others. He says that we should be obsessed with Christ and that following Christ’s example is not just a set of actions, but a lifestyle. I’ve recently been challenged by the question, “If a random stranger were asked to define your life/character in one sentence, what would it be?” I’d like to believe it would be a radical Christian who is dedicated to spreading the love of Christ and the message of salvation. Unfortunately, it would probably be something similar to, “A quiet, kind, 16-year-old girl who really enjoys Speech and Debate.” Or something along those lines. But that’s not who I want to be. I want to be so dynamic in my walk with my Savior, that it defines me. I’ve heard multiple times the illustration of a girl who recently has fallen in love. When a girl falls in love with a boy, that’s all she can talk about. Her life is wrapped up in one, consuming thought: Her beloved. If Christ is our Groom and we are in love with Him, then why don’t we talk about Him. If our lives are consumed and enraptured by our Beloved, then sharing with others about Him should overflow naturally from us. We would not stop talking about Him. We would not stop thinking about Him. We would not stop glorifying Him.
It scares me to think that some will reach the gates of heaven and say like in Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” I can’t even imagine the horror they will feel, thinking they’ll be accepted, but instead being rejected. God has really been burdening my heart with this and I’d really like to start doing something about it. I want to move past my fears and insecurities, so that I can be God’s tool.
My plan? Just to start it simply . . . if I see someone who looks like they’re hurting or down, I’m going to go to them and simply ask if they’re okay and if I can pray for them. Recently, the college ministry leader at our church said, “What’s the worst they can say? The worst they can say is ‘No, I don’t want your prayers.’ The majority of the time I ask if they want prayer, they break down and weep, then proceed to tell me their life story.” It inspired me to ask that simple question. “Can I pray for you?” We have no idea how God may use those 5 words to draw someone to Himself. So, who wants to join me in this journey of unknowns by reaching beyond ourselves and into the world around us? Stepping out in faith and trusting God to have His way with our words and actions. Let’s join hands and take this plunge together!