Over three weeks ago, we started the series titled “Three P’s of evangelism”. We outlined the three P’s of evangelism as;
And we went on to discuss in details the role of preaching the gospel and the power of prayer in evangelism.
In the previous series, we discussed Prayer and its effectiveness to elicit the power of evangelism and its potency in breaking the strongholds of the devil in the hearts of unbelievers. Here is a brief excerpt;
“The devil covers the hearts and eyes of unbelievers with a veil which prevents them from being transformed by the word of God. He makes the gospel of Jesus meaningless to unbelievers, he makes the message of Christ seem like foolishness to them. And he does this by casting blindness and great obscurity in the hearts of these individuals. However, God has provided a way for reaching these obscure hearts. God has opened a pathway to reach these people, and this pathway is PRAYER. It is the power of prayer that breaks the stronghold of the devil and removes the blinding veil over the hearts of unbelievers.”
Today, we would discuss “Provision” as the third constituent of any impactful evangelism. I pray the mind of God concerning this topic is revealed to you as you read in Jesus name.
Provision for evangelism may come in any form, it may come in form of money, in form of clothing, in form of medical care, in form of other services rendered and so on and so forth.
It is the will of God for we Christians to provide for the work of evangelism even as much as we pray and preach. We must learn to give out of the abundance that God has given us to the cause of reaching the lost.
“2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”
God is able and will give us the abundance of His blessings so as to be able to be a partaker of the good work of evangelism. It is not enough to have faith that the unbelievers we’ve preached to will automatically turn to Christ, we must also show love by giving out of the abundance of what we have to them. For if they are hungry and naked, what good will the words we speak do to them. They wouldn’t even show interest let alone heed to our message.
It is as though sin has a way of bringing poverty and penury to those who have not seen the light of the Jesus. We need to preach the gospel to them and provide in our own little way to lift them out of that state of poverty and lack.
In the nascent years of the Church of Christ, early Christians gave their riches and wealth to the cause of the Gospel, they sacrificed their land and possessions so the gospel could reach the whole of Jerusalem and the farthest parts of the Earth.
“Acts 4:36-37 (KJV) And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Here is a specific example of a man named Barnabas who sold his land and brought the money to the Apostles so the unfed could be fed and that the gospel could reach the unreached. Why don’t we do so today? Why don’t we follow his example? God has blessed us with so much. It is not until we have millions and overflowing wardrobes before we can decide to provide for people needing these things during evangelism.
When there is a call to give towards evangelism in your local Church (though, we should make it a habit to donate before being called upon to do it), we should not give out torn clothes and worn out shoes. It is better to give new clothing in fewer quantity than to give torn garments in heaps. God is looking at our motives and heart. Everything that is worth doing is worth doing well.
Similar to that, we can also donate money to evangelistic organizations and missions so as to help spread the ministration of the gospel to the unsaved. Many of these organizations have the “donate” button on their websites where you can make anonymous donations to help the cause of evangelism. Our little donation will go a long way to help nudge the gospel further to an unreached number of people.
Conclusively, to wrap up the lessons from these three essential hinges of evangelism we have been discussing for some weeks now (Preach, Pray and Provide), we must put it in mind that evangelism can be a day to day godly activity, and an enjoyable one in fact which we can engage in to bring down the will of God on earth. We can preach the gospel, we can pray for sinners and missionaries, we can also provide for the furtherance of the gospel. We can even do all these three. As a Christian, you don’t have any excuse for not participating. The Bible says, “and he that winneth souls is wise. – Proverbs 11:30b (KJV)” Choose wisdom today. Choose to do His will this moment. You were saved to save others. Preach, Pray or Provide. God be with you all. Amen
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