BOLDNESS IN EVANGELISM
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Easier said than done!
A true, born again Christian can definitely evangelize! A true follower of Jesus understands that God needs to save people because we are all sinners bound for Hell, and He did it by dying on the cross in our place.
The Christian has a default message to declare—the Good News! All one needs to do is daily surrender to His will through prayer, holy living, Bible reading, and obeying what He calls us to do – including evangelism. The ability to continue doing this will be fueled by love and gratitude to our Savior along with the power of the Holy Spirit.
A true Christian will have a supernatural desire to reach the lost as an overflow of his love for God.
Growing up in a Christian home, I was actively involved in church activities. I understood how a Christian should live and I tried my best to act as one. Anyone who knew me wouldn’t doubt the authenticity of my conversion story.
But one evening in December 2005, while watching an episode of The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron called “True and False Conversion”, I was confronted by God’s standard of morality – the Ten Commandments. I realized that I was living a lie. I was a false convert. That evening, for the first time in my life, I truly came to God in humble repentance and faith and gave my life to Him.
C.H. Spurgeon once said, “Have you no desire that the lost be saved? Then be sure of this, you are not saved yourself.”A true Christian will have a natural desire to reach the lost out of love and gratitude to God and fear for what will happen to sinners if they do not turn to God for His salvation.
Each time I recall that evening in December 2005 when God caught my attention, I realize that had God taken my life before that evening I could have been in hell right now. For that, I’m extremely thankful and hopeful that others will likewise experience that same grace and mercy through my sharing of the Gospel to them.
Fear is always present. Inspite of having done street evangelism for the last eight years, I still struggle with fear every time I try to approach people on the street to witness to them. Prayer is still the best way to battle our fears when sharing the Gospel to people. I also keep in mind that if I don’t share the Gospel to someone God puts in my heart to talk to, God will someday hold that person’s blood accountable on my hands.
“When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.”
My desire and prayer is for other Christians to be bold in sharing the Gospel so that more people will be brought to the foot of Christ’s Cross.
If I let my fears defeat me, I will not be able to challenge others to be bold for Christ. Any Christian who has tried riding a rollercoaster has no choice but to share the Gospel to others. Why? When riding a rollercoaster, we fight fear. It’s a shame that we fight our fears for a few seconds of thrill, but aren’t willing to overcome our fears of sharing the Gospel to others out of love and gratitude to God.
This is the challenge to us all: Go and share the Gospel for God!
Written By: Bethel Bumanglag