Evangelism is NOT My Gift!

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

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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15 Responses to Evangelism is NOT My Gift!

  1. Florence says:

    So true Kathleen. Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding the Lord’s will on Evangelism. Makes us think. How powerful and important.

  2. Susan says:

    Kathleen, You have helped me so much to get brave and put it on the line for God. I too felt intimidated and afraid. I realized it was pride that was keeping me from acting. Fear that I would look stupid and not be able to answer questions. I put my pride away, so what if I couldn’t answer a question. I am relying on God to help me and to grow any seeds that I scatter. One day I’ll know the joy of leading someone to Christ, but I believe my efforts have an affect and God isn’t wasting my time being out there handing out tracts and spreading His Word. It is worth doing. Thanks to you for mentoring me.

  3. Bob says:

    Very true. Also, don’t you think there are different evangelistic gifts? For instance…one may be a great preacher… while another may form relationships in which it is appropriate to invite someone to hear a great preacher…
    As always a great post. I enjoy your blog!

    • Kathleen says:

      You are correct, Bob. There are different gifts. There is something each of us can do to point others to Jesus. When we pray about it, God opens doors. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kathy says:

    Amen Kathleen! It’s our job to help the lost find salvation. For me, I had to get out of my own way and not worry about how I was going to look or what people would think of me.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Kathy! It’s a sign of maturity, to stop worrying about what others think. You’re doing what is right when you take a stand for God.

  5. Mark says:

    very good Kathleen! Moses and Isaiah didn’t feel like they could “measure up” to God’s purpose for them either….yet God told both of them that he would provide the words….so it’s not like we have to be good enough to invent something to say, God just wants us to be witnesses….as you say, Jesus already died for us, and God has already written all we need to know! Evangelism requires no special speaking ability – just faith! God bless!

  6. Greg says:

    Great article Kathleen. So very true!
    I believed and received Christ as my Lord and Savior on November 4, 1980. No one “taught me” that I should share Christ’s Gospel. But the next day I felt compelled to share the good news with friends and family. I later learned John 15:16 and Proverbs 11:30, and that confirmed what was put in my heart by The Lord. May we all, as believers bring forth fruit that gives Glory and honor to The Lord!

  7. David says:

    Kathleen, I can’t but think, “Do those friends REALLY love God?” I find it very hard to beat around the bush. If we really love God we will feed His sheep. Jesus said, “If u deny God before men I will deny you before my Father. Some hard words, but my hope is that it might wake up some sleeping Christians. 2Cor. 5:14 says it well. To Bob, Yes we have different gifts but there is NO greater experience than leading a lost person to the Lord. And u can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but Satan’s been winning for too long at this game. He is the one that’s putting these feelings of inadequacy in heads.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you David! I appreciate your zeal. Yes, there is great joy is leading others to Christ–and then watching them change from fear to peace, from sadness to hope and joy. Those transformations are genuine.

  8. David Madsen says:

    Thanks Kathleen, witnessing is not a gift it’s a command!!!! Bob it may be hard but remember the verses Kathleen put in her blog, you can do all things through God who strengthens you.Dave was spot on,satan has tricked the church into believing they don’t have to share the Good News!!!!

  9. Frank King says:

    Great post, Kathleen. The verses you shared were right on point. We are all ambassadors for Christ, beseeching the lost to be reconciled to God.

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