Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Monday, October 19, 2015
Good News Bearer
Do you like to evangelize? Do you enjoy witnessing to people about your faith? If your answer is “No”, you’re not alone. For most people, it’s really scary. Ironically, most non-Christians feel uncomfortable about evangelism as well. This commonality led me to the conclusion that there is one thing both Christians and non-Christians agree on – they both dislike evangelism!
The term evangelism has an unfortunate connotation for most people. The very word conjures up “in your face” confrontation and “pushiness” on the part of the evangelist. This uncomfortable expectation prompts many Christians to avoid potentially awkward or embarrassing “Gospel showdowns”, which is just fine with non-Christians, who feel like “targets”.
Our current cultural climate does not help. In today’s world, the “E”-word carries the baggage of negative connotations – intolerant, Bible-thumping fanatics. When we think of evangelism, we may think of some guy with lots of fancy suits and sermons who pulls into town to do his road show. He wants to present a “dog and pony” show while he evangelizes. Or perhaps we think of a TV personality and his wife who looks like her hair was styled by a Texas tornado and who has enough make up on to pass for a Barnum and Bailey circus clown. They smile across the television screen and plead with you to come to Jesus and send them all the money you can.
How, then, can Christians overcome the negative aspects and lead unbelievers to Christ? Part of the answer lies in studying the word itself – what the term “evangelist” means. An evangelist is simply “One who bears Good News”. It’s that easy. The word evangelism comes from the Greek word “Euaggalizdo”. This word simply means “Good News”. Incredibly, every one of us who has been born again and who knows Jesus Christ personally is an evangelist. Every person who knows and has experienced the Truth about Jesus Christ is a “Bearer of Good News”.
Jesus came as a servant and He calls each of us to follow Him into the life of a servant. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must become your servant.” (Matthew 20:26). Becoming a servant like Christ means becoming an evangelist – even if you are afraid, even if you worry about what others will think of you, even if you fear you won’t know what to say, even if you’re afraid you’ll offend people and drive them away.
It is normal to be an evangelist. The ministry of witnessing and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is a ministry we all share. It is both a privilege and responsibility, and we are all called to be evangelists (Matthew 28:18-20). We need to take on the same attitude Jesus Christ did when He was here. It means we need to think about people the way Jesus thought about people. He knew they were lost. If we are to be servants we need to follow Christ wherever He goes and do whatever He calls us to do, even if it’s outside our comfort zone.
Remember that successful witnessing is sharing Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results up to God. If you understand this principle, it will help you realize you can never be a failure in witnessing if you are simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not matter whether the person you are sharing with responds by receiving Christ in their life because you are not responsible for the results – God is!
There is a world of family, friends, coworkers, and strangers who are in need of the Good News. Paul asks, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14). The answer – They can’t. It’s up to us to be the Bearer of Good News. I encourage you to be like Christ and endeavor to be a servant evangelist today.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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