Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

-D.T. Niles

 

I suppose an organized campaign for evangelism is fine and dandy, so long as it isn’t just another way to prop ourselves up and feel better about our religious selves.  In my reading of the New Testament accounts (the life and ministry of Jesus in particular)—I find that reaching out to the lost, broken, and spiritually poor (as well as the physically poor of course) wasn’t an afterthought for Jesus. 

Evangelism shouldn’t be something tacked on to the life of a genuine bona fide follower of Christ, it should be ingrained in our way of living.  I’ve been on missions trips thousands of miles away from home in which our focus was to not only provide some type of relief or medical care, but ultimately to share the remedy people need most for their sick and starving souls.  That being the case, I have also shared Jesus many times over at a backyard barbecue.

Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy.  Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.”    Matthew 10:5-8, The Message Bible

Instead of planning how we are going to go about reaching the lost or debating our best and varied methodologies, I think that the transmission of the love of Christ and the plan of salvation should more or less be a way of life for a Christian.  We should be talking about Jesus when we are sitting down at a baseball game or in our stop by the corner store on our way home from work.

Evangelism really equates to sharing Jesus—its one who has been found telling another who is lost, where to find life.

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