The heart of God compels us to seek the lost. The power of God enables us to emanate/impart grace that others might be turned to righteousness. It is what Jesus did for us. He prepared Himself for the work that the Father wanted to accomplish through Him. We know the story. He went missing at a young age, only to be found in the temple listening and asking questions regarding the things of God. When Mary exposed the anxiety He caused her, He responds, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?’” (Luke 2:49). He then grew into a Man devoted to one thing: the salvation of the world (John 3:17). To think like God is to consider others as more important than yourself, lay your life down, and win the lost. It is important that we become active in evangelism. The office of evangelist is not required for the advancing of the Kingdom. Evangelism is a life that is yielded to God. Because God first loved us, we can now fulfill the greatest commandment of all—we can love God. And as exemplified in Jesus, truly loving God has everything to do with others around us, or our neighbors. The two greatest commandments are contingent on one another. True love of self and neighbor comes by loving God. Loving God maximizes love for self and neighbor. The direct relationship between the two commandments are the foundation of evangelism. Though it is to be an every day lifestyle, we see in the New Testament, especially the book of Acts, that it can be done on a grand scale and in excellent fashion. This is the vision of Jesus, that we may know The Father and His Son, be in unity, and glorify God by the salvation of the world. It is a great honor and privilege to turn others to righteousness for the glory of God, and it is important that we steward the responsibility well. Below are six focal points of leading an evangelistic lifestyle.
Proverbs 11:30 states, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Much of our Christianity is individual devotion to God—an intimate relationship that has no regard for past wrongdoing, but a steadfast heart of what is to come. There is much time alone in prayer and song, fasting, and in the Word. These times are both important and powerful to the born-again life, but we would be mistaken to think that it is the end of what God has planned for us. As mentioned before, the love of God that reconciles us to the Father has everything to do with other people. This is why it is crucial that we take the delight of the secret place and turn it into a powerful life of impact in our individual (and collective) spheres of influence. Jesus refers to us as the salt of the earth, the light of the world, the city on a hill. One thing is sure: God’s word will never return forth void. Along with the identity that Jesus has given us, here are some reasons why it is vital to love the world:
1. Lost people need you: No God, no life. Both now and forever.
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
Love constrains you: God loves the world, and so do we.
“For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3)
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: if One diead for all, then all died” (2 Corinthians 5:14).
God has chosen you: The winning of the lost fulfills your God-ordained purpose.
a. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you” (John 15:6)
b. “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4)
To be clear, being strategic is not a solely a systematic function (that ultimately lacks power/impact). The evangelistic strategies that God gives us in His word involve us dying to ourselves. There are many excuses that can arise in the face of advancing the Kingdom of God, so it is important to come boldly to God to receive grace. If we’re bold in our approach towards God, it shows that we are secure in who He says we are. From there is a healthy administration of the Gospel to the world. Along with the prayer/worship life, here are some strategies to keep in mind when it comes to evangelism:
Get past the excuses, especially in regard to fear. Perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).
Schedule soul-winning times. Even the evangelistic lifestyle could require some intention at the beginning. Prioritize times for the Gospel.
Be soul conscious when you go about your day. Meditate on Matthew 28 as your surrounded by people.
The two principle: “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two..” (Mark 6:7).
The goodness of God leads man to repentance. Not the reprimand, but the goodness. Be kind, be a good listener, be simple.