Why Evangelism Matters
I have to admit something. When I was given the topic “why evangelism matters” I first had to stop and ask the question: Is anyone really debating why evangelism matters? While there is meaningful conversation around issues such as the dynamics present in an evangelistic conversation, and identifying the best motivations for evangelizing, most Bible believing Christians would not question Christ’s commands to share the message of the gospel. Simply put, “Evangelism is the communication of the gospel by saved people to lost people” (Introduction to Evangelism, Alvin Reid). Then it occurred to me. The real issue surrounding the importance of evangelism is not one of disagreement but of deferment. While we are convinced we should share our faith with people who do not know Jesus, many of us struggle to make it a priority in our lives, and so it gets pushed to the side. It scares me how easily I can coast for weeks and months at a time only to look back and realize I did not prioritize those things that matter most to God. Evangelism is not excluded from that list. She doesn’t know this but my four year old does a great job depicting her Daddy in this way. I don’t know about you but we are serious Disney fans! When I say that I really mean that my wife and kids are, and I’m along for the ride. I like to do nice things for my kids and one of the things my four year old likes to do is watch Disney Junior from time to time. Sometimes while watching a show I will ask her to do something that requires her to get up and walk out of the room. I can count multiple times in which I would ask her to do something, she would get up and proceed to walk out of the room while remaining focused on the show, only to be greeted by a wall (I cringe thinking about it). Even though she heard what I asked her to do, she remained focused on what was important to her, and suddenly realized she was not paying attention. More times than not this happens to us as believers. We lose focus for the things that matter most to God and coast until God by His graces draws our attention back, even if that means we have to run into a wall. As Christ followers, it is important we fight to prioritize that which is of ultimate importance to God. So why does it matter? Here are a few quick reasons why evangelism matters. I hope this will serve as a reminder to us as we fight daily, with the help of God the Spirit, to subject ourselves to what God cherishes most.
We Are Stewards
The message of the gospel is of greatest importance to God because it is the message of His Son. In 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Paul says that he was approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. As believers we are not only saved by God, but we are also entrusted with the message that is most dear to God’s heart. The same message that saved us is now the one that we are entrusted with to take to those who need to hear it. Romans 10 teaches that the way God will save people is through the preaching or evangelizing of the good news. This should give us confidence as we share, knowing that this is the God ordained way that He will save sinners.
We Are Commanded
“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:26). This King who calls out the starry host one by one and calls them forth by name, calls us to share the good news of the gospel with those who need to know Jesus. His authority in our calling to share the good news should empower us to confidently share Christ, knowing that God will bring about salvation in the lives of people despite our inabilities. The one who has authority has commanded us.
We Need It
When we share our faith we become confident in the work God has established in our lives. It is important for the health and care of our own souls that we are sensitive to live out the commands God has called us to. As we step out in obedience to share Christ in our relationships, our faith becomes not just something we think but something we live. Evangelism brings confidence and conviction in our faith.
We Love God
God is worthy not only of our worship but of the worship of the whole world. Because we love God, we seek to see Him worshiped here, there, and everywhere. We want to see God worshiped because who He is and what He has done. I have to ask the question in my own life, does my salvation produce a sense of love and gratitude for God?
God Loves The World
We see in John 3:16 that God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus. Evangelism matters to God because He wants people to know who Jesus is and the gift we have in knowing Him as our Lord and Savior. God demonstrated His love for humanity on the cross. God now desires that we would be gossipers of His goodness and grace.
Do you feel like you have deferred the privilege of evangelism and replaced it with other priorities? The truth of the matter is we all do this. We are all finite, and we fail to perfectly apply the priorities that God has deemed as being ultimate and of having highest importance. Because we are finite sinners I can promise you we will continue to miss perfection in this area. But there is also hope. God’s Spirit is here to help us. Let me encourage you with a quick way we can fight to make evangelism matter in our lives.
Pray that God’s heart would become your heart. Pray that God would provide opportunities to share your faith and to declare His goodness and grace. Pray for boldness when those opportunities are presented.
Plan how you can be more intentional to seek out opportunities to be a witness. Plan also by growing in your knowledge and love for the gospel.
Look for opportunities to share and take them. It is one thing to pray for opportunities and it is another thing to act on the opportunities you have around you.