As believers in Christ, we know our salvation is by grace alone. But sometimes, when it comes to sharing our faith, we fall into the trap of seeking value and worth through what we do.
By so doing, we put pressure on ourselves that God never intended.
God is not asking us to:
- Bring 100 new converts to church.
- Win an apologetics debate.
- Write a best-selling book or gospel tract.
- Know all the answers.
- Share our faith with eloquent speech and airtight arguments.
The key here is recognizing our role in evangelism is to be faithful, not fruitful.
God plays the key part. He is the One who goes before us, with us, and after us in evangelism.
Several things describe the actions of our God:
- Draws us to Himself (John 6:44)
- Giver of new life (1 Cor. 3:6)
- Sender of disciples (Matt. 28:18–19)
- Desires all to be saved (1 Tim. 2:3–4)
- Diligent to convict (John 16:8)
Our compassionate God moves to action on behalf of His creation. Evangelism works because God orchestrates the whole process. Without God unbelievers would remain dead in sin (Eph. 2:1), blinded (2 Cor. 4:3–4), foolish (1 Cor. 2:14), lost (Mark 6:24), and deceived (Titus 3:3).
When it comes to evangelism, we are not responsible for conversions. That is God’s job! What a load off our shoulders. Our worth in evangelism, is not based on what we do (thank the Lord).
At the same time, we must remember that we do have a responsibility—contact with unbelievers. God calls us to bring them the gospel message.
We are in a privileged partnership with God, and this perspective makes all the difference!
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