Evangelism 101: Motivated to Share God’s Blessings!
A class on evangelism—oh no! Just the word evangelism can strike terror in the heart of many a good Christian. It can cause feelings of fear, pressure, or guilt. “I just can’t go knock on doors,” we say. But I believe true, authentic evangelism should fill us with anticipation, confidence, and joy … not terror.
Second Kings 6-7 records the story of the siege of Samaria by king Ben-Hadad of Syria. Because of the siege and a great famine that hit the land, the people were desperately driven to cannibalism. Doomed to die with the rest of the city, four outcast lepers decided on a desperate plan: to enter the camp of the enemy, the army of the Syrians, and surrender. They said, “If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die” (2 Kings 7:4).
To their amazement, the lepers found the camp empty, deserted! You see, God caused the enemy to hear the sound of horses, chariots, and a great army, so they fled in terror!
The lepers rushed from tent to tent and stockpiled food, and clothes, and treasure. But their frantic hoarding was cut short. “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report to the royal palace” (2Kings 7:9). They did and so the entire city enjoyed the abundance.
Why did the lepers share the secret of the abandoned camp? They shared because they were overwhelmed by their unexpected good fortune. They were awed by the provision that had been divinely supplied for them. They knew it would be a crime to keep the incredible bounty of God’s blessing all to themselves. Wow! These lepers had such a stockpile of blessings they just had to share.
Now let me say, like the lepers in 2Kings, God has blessed us with every good blessing here at Saint Matthews by the Sea. Truth is, when we as true believers remember and are awed by the greatness of God; and when we become overjoyed by the privilege of becoming his children, then, and only then, will we become sincerely motivated evangelists.
As I write this, I look forward to my favorite time of year, October/November. I love the Autumn Blaze, the cooler weather, Ann and my 43rd anniversary, and of course the wonderful evangelistic opportunities of our church calendar. Opportunities?! You bet cha!
Starting with World Communion Sunday, then Thanksgiving, then moving to Advent and the celebration of Jesus’ birth, I encourage us all to share these blessings! To whom can we take a good word, Communion, Food, Hope, or Help, Smiles, Encouragement?
Evangelism 101: simply share from the stockpile of blessing the Lord has blessed you with. Tell your story. “Witness!” Amen.