The Heart Of An Evangelist
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
19 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,
20 teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you to the very end of the age.
Having been a Christian for a while now, I always feel that there is something special about Christmas because it is a time where many people around the world celebrate. Though a significant number may not be Christians, it is worthy to note that most know that Christmas came about because of Jesus’ birth. Many people also seem more receptive to the Gospel during this period of time and they don’t mind listening to it and attending church for Christmas celebrations. However, I think the fact that people are more receptive to the Gospel during Christmas because it is Christmas is really just one side of the coin. I feel that it is the way it is right now because the body of Christ is usually way more proactive in reaching out during this season, and the fears that we get rejected or frowned upon for extending invitations to church or anything Christ related are a lot less probable.
So, when this came into my mind, it really got me thinking, “What if, the body of Christ evangelized and preached the Gospel as though every day was Christmas?” Of course, I know that ‘Christmas every day’ would never happen in a million years, but what is possible is the body of Christ behaving as though every day was Christmas.
Jesus, during His ministry on earth spent a bulk of His time healing the sick and preaching to the masses and He told the disciples to make disciples of all nations before He ascended to Heaven. This commandment includes every single member of the body of Christ. Remember, it is not an option or something that God asks if you could do, it is a commandment and something that all who are in Christ should uphold. The beautiful thing is that evangelism, at least to me, doesn’t always have to only come in a verbal form where you are telling someone about the Gospel. There is a time for everything and one should exercise wisdom and discernment as to when you should use what.
To be a good evangelist, one does not need to know how to speak flowery languages or sugarcoat everything that they say. The most important aspect of being one is to live the Gospel, not just being able to speak it because if your words are not accompanied by actions that are in sync with what you say, people will just take your words lightly. To successfully reach out to those around you, there is a need to live a Godly life and to follow His Word to the best of our abilities, be it in or out of church.
We are the salt and the light of this earth and our lives are like a sneak preview or a trailer to what others can expect to be if they were to receive this amazing gift from Heaven. If our words and actions do not tally, our efforts are very likely to fall through because they do not see consistency in what we say and do. That being said, it always starts with you before you begin to move out to be an excellent testimony for the Lord. Of course, speaking and preaching the Gospel is very necessary and it really just comes down to being fearless and taking the initiative to start the conversation whenever and wherever the Lord prompts you. If you are unsure of how to go about doing it, I am sure there are Christians around you who would be more than glad to teach you. If not, many of us here at River would love to guide you too, because I know that many of us have the heart of an evangelist.
Therefore, if you have not one yet already, learn to have a heart of an evangelist because I am sure that there are many people around you who are lost and searching for the true purpose in life. You could just be the key that is able to guide them to the Answer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You sent someone in Your kingdom to reach out to me when I was lost and broken. Now that I am saved and made righteous in You, I thank You also that now, You have entrusted me with this responsibility and this privilege to reach out and touch the lost with Your love. Even as Christmas draws near, I pray that I will be able to behave as though it were Christmas every day and evangelize with the same level of enthusiasm and zest that I have during this season. Give me a heart of compassion so that I will be able to see the needs of those around me and empower me with Your wisdom to know how to reach out specifically to every individual. I commit the rest of my days unto Your loving hands, standing firm on the promise that You will be with me till the end of the age. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”