by Jen Manning
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (MARK 16:15 AMP)
So far this week, we’ve touched on the pillars of worship and service. Today we will focus on the pillar of evangelism.
Envagelism can be a scary word for many Christians. When I think about evangelism, I picture the extremes — people on television (Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, or the late Billy Graham) or holding up signs in all kinds of weather (like the guy who used to do near Target), or at rallies.
Thoughts race through my mind like, “What makes me capable of answering God’s call to preach?” Or, “What if the person asks questions?”
There is a promise in Scripture; check this out: “...do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11) NIV.
God wants you to share the gospel, because, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV) In Old English, gospel translates from god meaning good + spel meaning news. So when you practice evangelism, you are sharing good news!
Are you still wondering how to share the good news, the very BEST news?
What about the prayers that were answered by God? Think even about the prayers that weren’t answered the way you wanted, but when you look back God blessed you beyond what you could have imagined. What about the times where you narrowly missed having a wreck or someone extended a soothing word that was balm to your soul you didn’t even know you needed to pray for? Sharing the goodness of these things helps people connect the presence of God in everyday living, which is really good news!
Make evangelism — or sharing God’s good news — a pillar that holds up your daily life. It might seem scary at frost, but it gets easier with practice.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the gospel truth that you sent your one and only son to die for my sins. May I ever be mindful of ways to point people towards your message that faith and repentance lead to grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Amen.