I have many friends who love God. Yet when I speak of evangelism, they will slowly back away saying, “I’m glad you have that gift—it’s certainly not mine!” They seem afraid that I might try to rope them into something frightening.
Most Christians do not believe evangelism is their gift. Certainly there are not many as gifted as Billy Graham. But Jesus commissioned all believers in John 20:21 when He said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:5 to “do the work of an evangelist.” Paul didn’t limit it to those with the gift of evangelism. He just said to do the work of an evangelist.
You might be thinking, “Paul was talking to Timothy, not to me.”
Or, “Timothy was a preacher. I’m NOT a preacher.”
In 2 Timothy 1:7-8, Paul encouraged Timothy not to be timid, not to be ashamed of Gospel, and in chapter 2:1 to be strong. Would anyone have to urge Billy Graham not to be timid, not to be ashamed of the Gospel, or to be strong? Not at all!
I believe Timothy was just an ordinary person, like each of us. I believe what is really necessary to do the work of an evangelist, is to simply have a passion for the lost. The love of Christ compels us. 2 Corinthians 5:14.
You might say, “I don’t know enough Scripture to lead someone to Christ.” You don’t?
Study to show yourselves approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15! Often when I have been at the jail or on the college campus, I have been challenged with a difficult question. I realize I need to go home and study! We’re always improving.
Jesus believed we were all lost, that’s why He came. The Bible tells us we are all lost without Him. If those without Jesus are lost, what does that mean? It means spending eternity apart from God—it means hell. Do you believe the Bible? Are you then not compelled to do all you can to save your loved ones?
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” — Charles H. Spurgeon
- For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 2 Timothy 1:7-8
- You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus 2 Timothy 2:1
- I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35b