Evangelism has almost become a negative word in the Christian culture today. People are so offended by “evangelists”, that they often associate evangelism with meaning that you are forcing your religion on someone else whether they want it or not. We’ve all been at that big public event, and cringed when we see the evangelist standing on the street corner screaming at people to stop getting drunk and coming to Jesus. I cringe even now just thinking about it!
However, there’s one characteristic that I admire about them – their boldness. They are literally standing on a box in the middle of a sea of people, a group of people who could literally take them down in a matter of seconds if they wanted to, and proclaiming the gospel. They aren’t hindered. They aren’t afraid. They may make an offensive presentation of the Gospel, but they are not holding back.
In Hebrews 13:6, it says, “So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?’ “
I don’t like forcing my religion on others, but when I remember that it’s not me doing anything, but God, I feel better about it. I truly do want others to know Jesus; I just don’t like upsetting anyone. However, my need to please often overshadows the calling to share the Gospel. I need to remember that I simply need to let God use me as His vessel, and truly get to know a person, and see where they might have questions.
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Confess where you struggle or why you struggle to share the good news of Jesus. What holds you back?
- Ask God for boldness. Ask Him to remind you that He is always with you, and He will give you opportunities and words.
- Ask for those opportunities, and that you would have eyes to see them as they come along the next few days.