“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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 28:16-20
For many people, evangelism does not come naturally. It is often socially awkward to talk about spiritual things. We sense the social awkwardness of talking about spiritual things. As a Christian, the greatest thing you can do for another person is to help them know Christ. If we have a better understanding why it matters, it will motivate and mobilize us to “figure out” how to help others begin a faith relationship with Christ.
We look at “why” by asking ourselves a simple, yet profound question: why do we exist? The short answer is we exist to bring glory to God. That is what living is all about. John 15:8 tells us how to bring glory to God. “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” Why? Because then the world can see the results of a Spirit-filled life. That is what we are here for—to put God on display to the world. Colossians 1:10 says, “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better..
Another “why” is the millions of people who are far from the heart of God. God receives glory when people are redeemed. He is glorified when people are freed from the grasp of Satan and start a relationship with Jesus Christ. People are saved from their sins in order to give God glory. So the more people who get converted, the more thanksgiving is going on: “…And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:15)
When Jeremiah considered not speaking for the Lord, he realized he could not hold the message inside without exploding: “But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” (Jeremiah 20:9).
Whatever we find amazing, we share. We spread what we are in awe of. I hope the answer to why we should share our faith is that we have experienced God’s love and amazing grace in such a fresh, new way so that we will feel compelled to share it.
- When people hear the term “evangelism,” it often brings to mind a variety of definitions and emotions. There are different perspectives on what it might look like, ranging from “hope they notice my faith and ask” to very direct, even confrontational approaches. When you think of evangelism, what’s your impression? How would you explain a Christian’s individual responsibility to share our faith?
- Pray for wisdom and motivation to tell your story or invite someone to church this week.