REALITY IS that when you go out and preach the gospel in Spirit and Truth, the world will hate you (Matthew 10:22), persecute you (2 Timothy 3:2) and not understand you (1 Corinthians 2:14). But God says GO into all the nations and preach the gospel. Preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near (Ephesians 2:17) and let everyone know of the saving grace of Jesus and the Father’s love.
REALITY IS that there are billions of people in the world who do not know Jesus- the ONLY way to eternal life. The Father longs for every single person to know His love (2 Peter 3:9).
WARNING: I am now going to give you information that will hold you accountable for the evangelization of the world.
When you became a Christian the Holy Spirit started living inside of you, He has COMMANDED you to go preach the gospel to all creation. It is not just for some, not just for the called, not for the “evangelists”, not only for radicals and not only for your missionary friend. This command is for YOU.
Although you may be a bit overwhelmed with all of this, evangelizing really isn’t as scary as it seems. It is simply coming into alignment with Daddy God’s heart for His children. During a evangelism night with our YWAM DTS a couple weeks ago, the Lord told me to go up to a woman I didn’t know and give her a big hug from Him. I fought it for a bit and asked God to change His mind… but the Spirit was direct, and told me to go and go now. So I went, stumbled through my Spanish, and told this beautiful woman that I believe God speaks to me, and He told me to come to you and give you a really big hug to show that He loves you. Instantly the woman started to weep, and her friends sitting next to her started to cry as well. Her friend then told me that she had been asking for a sign from God that night. They all stood in amazement and agreed that God is big and God is good. We prayed and cried, and that was all I did for her. I simply demonstrated the love of God. Through a hug. And that was enough.
As you go out, expect the impossible. God is a God of miracles. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Be expectant that God is going to give you an encouraging word as you are at the grocery store for your cashier. Be aware that while you are walking your dog, you may run into someone who needs to know the love of God. Be prepared to share a Bible verse with a friend at school. Know that the Lord wants every single person on this planet to know His love and encounter His grace. And He wants to use you to share His love!
Evangelism is a lifestyle. I pray for boldness to well up inside of you and signs and wonders to follow you as you go about your day.
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4