Gift of Evangelism

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Our Lord’s instructions to go and make disciples of all nations is not limited to just those who are gifted evangelists.  But our modern translations do this passage a disservice as well.  We read “go” as an imperative that we must really get out and do it.  Instead, this passage is better translated “as you are going.”

In other words, you should be evangelizing wherever you are.  People with this gift do this naturally without feeling uncomfortable or needing to prod people.

I was taking a preaching class a few years ago and one guy stood out above the rest.  My problem was that he came across as too polished and it seemed very fake like the guys on TV you don’t know whether to trust.

My opinion changed when I had lunch with him.  He was genuine.  He struck up a conversation with everybody and prayed with two or three people right there in the restaurant.

If you have the gift of evangelism it doesn’t mean you have to get up and move or go overseas.  Your backyard is your mission field.  The restaurant and grocery store is your mission field.  Everywhere you go you’ll find people who need Christ.  Your job is to reach them with the good news.

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