Where were you when you realized you were going to say yes to Jesus? I remember hearing the invitation proclaimed many times before I prayed and told God that He could have every bit of my life. What a happy memory that is! Through the years, I’ve only become more overwhelmed by the simple fact that I have been invited to the marriage between Christ and the Church.
I have been discovering a new kind of joy though: the joy of inviting others to share in Jesus’ love.
Growing up, I subconsciously bought into the idea that “evangelism is a gift that I just don’t have”. It’s only been in the last year that God has taken that poisonous idea away and given me a little glimpse of what He sees for the lost.
My stomach still does a little flip flop, and my flesh screams “No!” when I hear God whisper, “go talk to her or him,” but saying yes to Jesus is so much sweeter than having an ordinary I’m-on-a-mission-and-I’m-ONLY-getting-butter-and-eggs grocery run. Even if all I get is rejection after rejection, that’s okay because the results are simply up to Him. We plant the seeds, but God gives the increase, because He is the only one in the business of changing hearts (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).
Now friend, who is God bringing to mind? Have you invited your neighbor to church or Bible study? That daily customer? A coworker? Your roommate? An aunt? Your best friend? Your professor? People are craving for a purpose to live, and you are the keeper of the treasure they seek. This is what you’ve been designed for (1 Peter 3:15).
Evangelism isn’t just about the moment when someone says yes to Jesus, it’s about actively bringing Christ to someone. For example, our talents are often tools that God gave us to reach out to people!
What fires you up? How could God use that to spread His love?
Have you ever sensed the Lord asking you to talk to someone or show the love of Christ in some particular way? How did it turn out?