We tend to talk about evangelism a lot here at The Moody Center because it is the legacy of Dwight L. Moody. It is said he reached over 100 million people with the gospel. However, for people who already know the gospel, we often live more like the gospel was good news once to us, but it has lost its glow in the weariness of life. Evangelism is just outreach so people do not wind up in hell, and we all have the head knowledge that it is good to share the gospel, but we lack the heart connection to follow through.
Wake up time!
Let’s examine our hearts. Are you missing your desire for evangelism? Do you keep Jesus for Sundays and go about the rest of your week on your own? When was the last time you were enthralled and broken by the love of God?
The gospel still is good news for us, because it tells us that we still have a God who is passionate for our hearts. He did not die just to keep us out of hell. He sent His son to redeem us, provide relief from our regrets, and to build relationship. The gospel invites us into this for our continued transformation.
Let truth sink into your heart and bring it back to life with the joy of salvation.
The good news
The gospel often is described as “good news” and our lives should reflect the hope of this good news. Think about how the gospel provides transformation:
-Your failures are covered in the knowledge that nothing you do can make God love you less or more.
-When you face trials, the gospel tells the story of the ultimate suffering and sacrifice of God, so He understands your struggle.
-When you have been deeply wounded, the gospel says God is your healer.
-Your desire to have purpose can be found now that you are an adopted child of God through the gospel.
-The need for approval diminishes because the gospel tells you “welcome home!” no matter what.
Make your own list. The statements could go on and on with how God has woven His redemption into your story. The gospel is good news because it introduces us to Christ, our provider. Those problems of life seem less intimidating in the light of His presence. He is our answer, our good news.
What is your “But?”
With a hope like which we have been lavished, how can we not share the gospel! It is life-changing. So what is your “But?” What is keeping you back from that joy? Or if you know the joy, what is keeping you from sharing it?
We can fill ourselves up with all the joy and delight of Jesus, and He invites us to that, but the responsibility of the gospel still stands. It would be selfish to keep that joy all to ourselves. This does not mean you must abandon everything in your life to become a missionary to unreached tribes or find a public platform to speak the gospel. Look instead at how God has gifted you and the opportunities you have. He will work with you in your strengths.
It could be as simple as adjusting your behavior to display the kindness of Jesus. Let that difference be part of your testimony and to spark conversations. Maybe you need to get intentional with that person you have avoided spiritual conversations with.
Identify what holds you back. It just might be what you need to break forth the dam and experience the rush of knowing Jesus even more intimately and covering others in that flood of grace.