WE MUST EVANGELIZE FERVENTLY
I Tim 2:3-4 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
God wants all people to be saved, not just a select few. And evangelism is presenting some kind of witness for Christ with the idea that perhaps they will come to believe in Him, trust and obey Him and be saved.
Someone has well said, “Nature forms us. Sin deforms us. Education informs us. BUT ONLY CHRIST TRANSFORMS US.”
And all people need to be transformed by the power of Christ. However, that may not happen unless we do something about it!
Have you ever heard of Rockin’ Roland Stuart? How many of you have ever watched a sporting event on TV such as a Super Bowl or a Monday night football game, and have seen the giant sign reading “John 3:16” in the audience?
Rockin’ Roland Stuart is responsible for that. At one time, Roland Stuart was a drunk, an alcoholic. Somehow he was introduced to Christ and became a Christian. God healed him of his alcoholism. One day, the idea struck him that if he could just get into major sporting events and put the Word of God before the hundreds of thousands of people it might do some good.
So today, Rockin’ Roland Stuart and his wife, Margaret, and a friend named William James, live a very strange life. They drive 55,000 miles a year in an old beat up van, using their money to buy tickets to major sporting events in order to hold up a sign reading, “John 3:16.”
I don’t know if what he is doing has done any good to help lead people to Christ or not. BUT HE IS DOING SOMETHING!
One time many years ago preacher Dwight L. Moody was criticized because of the evangelistic methods he used. Moody replied, “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”
The sad truth is most Christian people do little or nothing to present a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. While the unbelieving world is shouting out its message, we go to church but do little outside the church to spread the message of Christ.
And if all we’re doing is saying “Amen” to the sermon inside the church and doing nothing outside the church to witness then we’re not accomplishing much as far as evangelism is concerned.
I have read that 95% of all Christian never try to lead anybody to Christ in their entire lifetime! That means that 5% of all Christian people do 100% of the work of evangelism. IN WHICH GROUP ARE YOU?
The Lord doesn’t expect us to do everything, but He does expect us to do something. He expects us to be more alert to the opportunities around us to witness for Christ.
I Pet. 3:15 “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”
One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?”
The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.”
“But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
If God is on the inside of us, He will show through to the outside! If the fire of Christ is burning on the inside of us, then that fire will spread to the outside and to those around us. We must constantly look for opportunities to witness, to testify, to invite, to encourage, and point people to Christ! We must evangelize fervently!
When George Bush was our Vice President he represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev’s wife performed an act of great courage and hope. She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest.
Apparently, she hoped that there was another life, and that life was best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that the same Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband.
Christ is the only hope for anybody and for any country! Including America! And we must do whatever we can to bless America and others with the love of Christ!
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