This is another opportunity to gain and acquire knowledge about the scriptures and evangelism. Some weeks ago, our focus was on “FIVE REASONS WHY EVANGELISM IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN.” At the heart of this post was a specificity as to how evangelism is beneficial to Christian growth and sustenance.
Let’s look at excerpt from the post.
“To be candid, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of evangelism. It is a vital requirement for each and every Christian. The mandate Christ gave His disciples was crystal clear and it extends to every true Christian.
“Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).”
From this excerpt, we see the mind of Christ concerning evangelism. We have been called, commanded and ordained for the work of spreading the truth of the gospel. We must at no point in our lives shy away from this responsibility. Christ has given us the power to proclaim His good news and he expects nothing short of this.
Luke 10:19 says “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Christ has given us this amazing power to tread upon all kinds of power of the enemy so that His name may be made known to those in darkness. The task of preaching the gospel is a victorious responsibility. What we do when we preach is that we declare the love of God from a position of victory. There is no reason to fear or cower when challenges surface. We have our defender – Jesus backing us.
Moving on, I would like us to see more reasons why evangelism is expedient;
1.)The Harvest is plenteous but the Labourers few:
“Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Jesus was speaking to the disciples in Luke 10:2 about the vast number of souls that have not yet heard of His name. Jesus is also beckoning to us today. He is saying again and again that “The harvest is truly great, but the labourers are few”. Are you going to heed to His call today? Despite the prevalence of churches in our contemporary world, there is a decreasing number of people willing to reach out to the lost. Evangelism is important to us as Christians because it our responsibility to reach out to those still living in sin’s depravity and turn them to Christ. Also, Jesus will not come down again from heaven to preach to sinners. He is going to use us – Christians to minister to them. He has given us the power and the grace to achieve this. Let us begin to reach out to the world. Let us start in the little way we can.
2.) We love God and we love our neighbour:
“Mat 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
If we truly love God with the whole of heart, soul and mind, nobody would force us to evangelise. It is not God’s will that any soul should perish. God does not desire that anyone should be eternally damned. It is His will that everyone should come to the knowledge of Christ and be saved. However, how will this be accomplished if we do not preach the message of Jesus? How will unbelievers hear if we do not approach them?
The Bible says in Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Also, why would we profess to love our neighbours if we cannot extend the love of Christ to them? The fundamental way of showing your love to anyone is to care about their eternity. How would it feel if you spend eternity in heaven and your neighbours spend theirs in hell? Even if you won’t feel bad and dejected, you’ll be a stranger in heaven because everyone you would have won for heaven is in hell. Our love for God and our neighbours should encourage us to preach the good news to them.
Conclusively, I want you to know that evangelism is not an enormous task you have to use all day to prepare for. With just a bible verse and your personal salvation experience, you can win souls for Christ. I remember the first time I preached in my hostel. With two verses of the scriptures, I was able to relate the message of Christ to my fellow students. I encourage you to start evangelising in your own little way today and as your word touches a soul, may it spread like wildfire to a nation. Amen.
Thanks for joining us today. We look forward to your delightful presence on Thursday. Don’t forget to share this post to all your friends and family members. God bless.