Evangelism is a well-understood word amongst Christians in North American. We know it as being the final commission that Jesus gave to his disciples before departing from them,
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:18-20).
And we know it as instruction for ourselves also, as it applies to us as well. But notice the tone of what Jesus is saying. He says “Go.” Park here for a moment. Think about this word, “go;” is it a command, or suggestion? And before you quickly answer “It’s a Command!” which is correct, I invite us to then look at ourselves and answer the following question;
“When looking at your life – your actions, your motives, your use of time, your desires, do you treat this like a command, or a suggestion?”
It’s a little different now, isn’t it? We may be understanding it as a command, but for the most part, have difficulty treating it as a command.
Does your life mirror Matthew 28 as “The Great Commission” or, “The Great Suggestion?”
I recall sitting with my father a few years ago and him asking me, “Ben, do you know why the dead sea is ‘dead’?” I sat back for a minute or so to try and think for a possible reasoning, but came back with, “I’m not quite sure, why is it ‘dead’?” He then looked at me and said, “Because notice that though water flows into the Dead Sea, no water flows out of it. Once the water comes in, it stays in, because it has no flow departing from it. It gets poured into, but it never pours out. It’s stagnate. It’s lifeless. It’s dead.”
I knew exactly what he was getting at. Thus, I immediately looked at my own walk with the Lord and asked myself, “Do I live a Christian life to which I only get poured into but never pour out?” Was I living a life where I would listen to sermon after sermon, teaching after teaching, and read my Bible daily, without any means of pouring out? You better believe I was. And after looking at these things, and seeing my faults in my own apathy and laziness, was this a time to repent and live a life where I wouldn’t just sit on my salvation every Sunday and would be active in my local church and in my Christian life outside of Sunday? You better believe it was!
See you Sunday,