Evangelism is Obedience

evangelism2It’s Motivate Me Monday at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee.  I hope to motivate you to share your faith.

I propose (and not as the originator of this thought) that evangelism is not a matter of gifting- it is a matter of obedience!  Mark Cahill puts it this way in One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven:

If you read Matthew 10, you’ll find that when Jesus sent His disciples out, he didn’t make it optional for His followers to share their faith.  They were all called to witness about the Lord.  It today’s Christianity, it seems that many people have made witnessing an optional part of the faith.  And that is absolutely not biblical.  One of the true highlights of being a Christian is to bring the good news of Jesus to the lost.  (pg. 175)

Jesus is clear in His final command:

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 ESV

I wonder if we skim over this verse as we read the gospels.  Or maybe we are just afraid to obey the command.  The disciples were stoned, beheaded, mocked, and crucified for preaching His name.  We know that this kind of persecution is practically unheard of in our country, yet  in our freedom, we say so little about Jesus.  We will ask people about their kids, their pets, and their jobs.  We will ask trivial questions, but we won’t ask about the state of a person’s soul before God.  Is there any question of greater importance?

Most of you can probably think of a friend or family member who needs to hear the message of salvation.  Please do not let fear stop you from speaking the truth of the gospel.

There is more to come on the practical aspects of how to share your faith.   Let us be motivated like Paul who said in I Corinthians 9:16:

For necessity is laid upon me.  Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

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