“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words],…”
When I was younger, the first thing that came to mind when ‘evangelism’ was mentioned was, knocking on people’s gates and stopping people along the road to share the word of God with them. I wasn’t quite in on that whole approach. Because I had reacted in a cold manner towards other people who had approached me to share the word with me in the past, I assumed I’d get a “what goes around, comes back around ” type of response. I also thought fulfilling the great commission (sharing the gospel to others and winning souls for God) was the preserve of only a particular group of people, to which I definitely did not belong because I was just too shy.
Fast forward to now, I’ve learnt some things about the Great Commission:
•It is a mandate for all believers and should be treated as such.
• Your personality / temperament is not a deficiency. God made no mistakes. And so while you may say you’re shy and not so outspoken, have you taken time to tap into your empathetic and observant side? Yes, you may not be the one to bring in a soul, but you surely can help “retain” that soul, through checkups or follow-ups. Use your personality / temperament for God’s glory.
The world desperately needs truth and love. Unfortunately, those who do not know are confidently parading legalities, morality and religiosity as the gospel, while most of those who know are shying away from sharing the gospel either for fear of possible backlash or merely not wanting to “stain their white” a.k.a. playing safe / staying in their own lanes.
I understand that the truth, sometimes is an uncomfortable thing to share; but it has to be shared. It seems like a hard thing to do; but here lies the case where the hard thing to do is also a good thing. Are you going to shelve it because it does not sound pleasant, knowing that it is the very message that can give someone eternal life and a relationship with a loving Father? No.
The difficulty of how it sounds and feels does not negate the fact that it is good. Therefore, Yes to sharing!!
In conclusion, I think a few boxes should be ticked in delivering the gospel:
What is the motive for the sharing the message? Do you genuinely see the need for a change in the life of that person? Do you truly see the power in the word to transform their life for better? Are you looking at the person with compassionate eyes, seeing in them where you were before Christ found you? Or are you merely seeing it as an opportunity to quote scripture and present yourself as a better “christian” ?
Ask yourself, “am I sharing the truth with this person out love and compassion, wanting them to truly see the light or am I doing so based on my own discretion of “how a Child of God should behave “?
To be honest, it’s easy for the “righteous arrogance” to jump out, making yourself the standard, instead of Jesus. It is easy to fall into the trap of using morality as a yardstick instead of the Bible, and we must be very careful about pride setting in.
Tact, Tone, Wisdom
The ability to do or say things without offending/upsetting other people (this is a dicey one..lol because, sometimes, the truth is quite stern.)
I don’t know where it came from or who started It, but a lot of evangelists I have encountered are rude. I feel they go overboard with the whole “ka ne wu” (I’d rather speak the truth and die,than be silent) attitude. Please, if there is a more pleasant way to deliver the truth, definitely go down that route. There is absolutely no need to be rude, to pass a message across.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16-18
Finally, genuinely care about the person’s well-being. Do not limit your interactions with them to showing them the path to salvation. Try as much as possible to assist them to live a wholesome life. A saved soul needs a sound mind, a healthy body and a calm spirit to function wholesomely.
LET’S CATCH UP!!
I have been studying a devotional on the YouVersion Bible App called The Heart Of Recovery By Deborah and David Beddoe
•CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
So I have been doing a lot of albums lately.
1. Dunsin Oyekan – Kingdom Now (free tip: Be on the lookout for Breathe. You’re welcome 😉)
2. Nathaniel Bassey – The King Is Coming
3. Tim Godfrey – Fearless
4. Titilope Sonuga – Swim
5. I Said What I Said Podcast – The Not So Perfete episode In this episode, the ladies talk to Kosi Odubogun , founder of Perfete , formerly AislePerfect , one of the largest largest wedding and lifestyle websites, about wedding and celebration culture in Nigeria, as well as her incredible journey through infertility and endometriosis, particularly as a Nigerian woman.
6. Up close and Personal with Precious Gaza – Emotional Healing