At Reality, we’ve been learning about evangelism. Specifically the concept that everyone who loves Jesus would take the opportunity to talk about Him and share Him with someone if the opportunity presented itself. The question was asked, “Who would share about your faith if you were approached by someone and they asked you about Jesus.” The overall consensus was that we all would love to share if given the opportunity.
The problem then is not our willingness to share about Jesus, but rather our willingness to engage someone else or approach an individual who hasn’t asked or pursued us about our faith or beliefs. Our ability to make an introduction. How should we introduce others to Jesus? How to start that conversation?
Therein lies the dilemma that many Christians discover. It’s an uncomfortable discovery and the response can be to try to avoid the conversation altogether!
There are many scriptures of encouragement, we can see Jesus’ own display of examples, how He walked through his days and lived his life and ministry.
Today, I want to focus on one way to look at this dilemma.
In Revelation 1 we read, “This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” John reports the message that he has been given. As we read through the next chapter, we see that he gives a specific message to each group.
I can remember reading this before and thinking how interesting the different warnings, admonitions and encouragements are. They each have specific meaning for the time, area and people group that they are directed at. Most, if not all of my attention stayed aimed at the bulk of the messages and corresponding warnings given to each region.
What caught my attention, for the first time, was that each section begins with a unique greeting, a special introduction.
Here are just a few:
“This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands”
“This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive.”
“This is the message from the one with the sharp two-edged sword”
“This is a message from the Son of God whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze.”
Each introduction is unique. Each one is true. They are addressed to a specific group of people in a specific region with unique and direct intention.
The book of Revelation may seem like an odd place to glean an encouragement on evangelism, but I had this thought!
My thought?! God knows how to make an introduction! God knows who He wants to speak to, when He wants to speak to them, what He wants to tell them and the words they need to hear!
This takes so much pressure OFF of us! Instead of dreading trying to make an introduction, we can instead acknowledge WHO gives the message, WHO’s words they are! So, we don’t have to be anxious about making an introduction for Him. He will give us the words, when we need the words, for the people (person), the words are for. He knows how to introduce himself! He just needs us to be a people that listen. He will tell us when and who.
Evangelism does not need to be awkward. It can be you living your life and listening to God’s direction.
With this in mind, successful evangelism can be much less daunting! It can be fun and something to look forward to. You don’t have to know what the person is going through to extend kindness, a smile, friendliness. If God directs you, He will provide the words. Remember, He knows exactly what they need to hear!
On another note, if He does ask you to share with someone, remember that He asked you. Meaning, He could have used someone else, but He asked you. Don’t try to “evangelize” someone the way another believer does. If He chose you, trust him and be yourself, not an uncomfortable version of someone else!
I pray that we would be a people that become more and more aware of who God created us to be and our unique and powerful role in reaching lost souls for Him.