Personal Evangelism Day 1: Am I Expected to Be an Evangelist?
“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15)
I want you to do something for a minute. Think through all your responsibilities as a Christian and prioritize which ones are the most important. Now, where is telling others about Jesus on that list? Is it pretty high? Is it even on your list? What kind of attitude do you have toward evangelism? Have you ever felt like this was a job for the preachers? We tell ourselves, God calls people like Billy Graham to do this kind of work, not me. If the right opportunity comes along, surely I’ll tell someone about Jesus, but it’s not my job, right? Well, let’s take a closer look at what the Word of God has to say about it.
Jesus said, “Go…and proclaim the gospel!” It’s a direct command. When we accept the truth of the gospel and become a Christian, we then have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus Christ. The two greatest commandments God gave us were to love God and love each other. Telling people about the gospel helps fulfill both of these commandments. If we love God, we will tell others about His Son and what He did for us. If we love others, we will warn them about the danger of their sin. No matter how uncomfortable or hard it is to obey this command, we cannot make excuses for our lack of obedience. God commanded His followers to tell others, and it’s our job to obey His Word.
However, when we do, is it only because God commanded us or because we have a desire to be a part of the miracle of salvation? Let’s look at a story of how Jesus appeared to a few of the disciples after He rose from the dead:
“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, do you have any fish?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.”(John 21:4-8)
The disciples were out all night fishing and they couldn’t catch a thing. Then Jesus comes on the scene and simply tells them to throw their net on the other side. Miraculously, they pull up a net full of fish! Jesus clearly didn’t need the disciples to catch any fish. Yet time after time we find Him using people in His miracles. If you asked the disciples what it was like to witness the wonderful miracles of the Lord Jesus, what do you think they would say? I would imagine they would say what a privilege it was that they got to be a part of them.
So do we view being part of the miracle of salvation the same way? Let’s be perfectly clear, God does not need us to save anyone; He alone does the saving. However, He chooses to use His people in the process, and we should have a desire to be used by Him in this beautiful miracle. God is always working on painting masterpieces, which we will fully see one day when we reach our heavenly home. So if He says, “Go!” we should obey and count it a privilege to be one of the tools He is using in the masterpiece of redemption.