The word evangelist in the original language, Greek, is euaggelistes, which means ‘a preacher of the Gospel, a bringer of good tidings’. The imaginery is liken to the middle age days where a herald would come to a village and proclaim a message from the King. He had been given authority to do so and that is his job, simply to be the king’s mouth piece to the people.
Yes, we are like a herald sent from God, but More than that, let me explain.
But, why do we evangelise?
(God really challenged me on this, and I would like to share with you what He spoke to me from my personal experience and not finger-pointing at anyone, please bear with me.)
The answer is simply to empty hell so that people won’t have to go there and fill heaven; TO SAVE PEOPLE.
Do we simply present the Gospel to someone and say, ‘that’s it, one down, next person please…’ and we don’t really care if they accept the gospel or not, but we just do it because it’s our job.
But I disagree with that motivation.
Picture this: you are selling a very great health product that could improve the lives of people. It’s health and benefits are documented and tested in the university labs. So you go around knocking on doors selling this product, but you don’t just present the product and then goto the next customer, but the whole purpose of presenting that product is so in the hope that people will buy it! Otherwise why even present it and say, ‘Okay now that you know what the product is, bye bye I’m going to the next person!’ and rush off. No salesman would ever do that. The purpose is to sell the product, especially in this case it will benefit people’s health.
So why do I, as a Christians do it, sometimes?
Especially when it comes to street evangelism. I talk to some stranger about Jesus, and say in my heads, ‘Okay I’ve done my job now, next person, please, the more people I talk to, I feel better.’ But I am simply doing it out of duty, not out of love; I don’t really care about that person too much, but I care more about my ‘job’.
If your family were unsaved, you would never do that to them! You wouldn’t just present the gospel to them, and say ‘that’s fine, let’s move on to the next person.’ But you would want them to get saved, because you love them! You don’t want them to goto everlasting punishment, but goto everlasting happiness in heaven, and you’ll do anything that you can to make that happen!
Most of us didnt’ get saved right away when the first time we heard the gospel, it was a process.
Paul is not like me at times, he said ‘I become all things to all men so that I might win some…’
1 Corinthians 9:19 For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. 8 9:20 To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) 9 to gain those under the law. 9:21 To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law. 9:22 To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some.9:23 I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it.
Taken from Net bible translation. http://net.bible.org
He didn’t just care about the message, he cared about the person with whom he was sharing the message with. His focus was the Person he’s talking to, not the Presentation he’s making. The presentation came out naturally as he was focusing his compassion on the person he was talking to.
Paul’s motivation for evangelism is not evangelism itself, but it’s in the hope that some might get saved. May his motivation become my motivation; let us not see people we witness to as just a number, but as precious human beings created in God’s image, worth more than all of creation itself, worth so much to God that He would give His Only Son for them.
Some might say, ‘we can’t save anyone, only God can!’ Of course, only God can save, but if we do our part to save people, then God will be able to do His part and save them too somewhere done the road.
So in summary, the motivation for any kind of evangelism (whether street or friendship) is NOT evangelism itself BUT for the Saving of souls; of people from going to a lost eternity.
Thank you for reading this.