If you call yourself a Christian, then you are an evangelist. It’s not up for debate or discussion. If you follow Christ, you’re an evangelist. And that’s true because Jesus said His purpose and mission was “to seek and save the lost.” He came as a missionary. He came as an evangelist. And Christians follow Christ.
So, the questions isn’t whether or not you are an evangelist. The question is whether or not you do evangelism. And more importantly it’s whether or not you do evangelism like Jesus.
Below you’ll find three things Jesus never did that many of His followers do.
#1 Jesus Never Ignored People Into Heaven
Let’s be honest. A lot of Christians are afraid to share their faith. I can totally understand that. At least I can relate to that.
Our message is the most important message anyone can ever hear. And it’s natural to be nervous when you have something important to say.
But most of our fears are based in one or two places: fear of man or lack of faith.
Fear of Man
By fear of man I mean that we are afraid of what others will think. Are they going to think I’m weird? Will they be offended by me? Will they stop hanging out with me?
Fear of man means living in subjection to the opinions of others. When we let ideas and attitudes of others limit us, we are living in the fear of man.
But the Bible says fear God not men. God’s opinion matters more than anyone else’s. And here’s the good news: in Christ you have the full approval of God. And when you live your life embracing the full approval of God, you live in freedom.
Don’t let your fear of what other people may think of you stop you from sharing the greatest news this world has ever known.
Lack of Faith
Another reason we’re afraid to speak the truth about Christ because we lack in faith. Do I know enough? What if they ask a question I can’t answer? What if I mess this whole thing up?
These fears are rooted in lack of faith.
Here’s a secret. You don’t need a seminary degree to share the gospel. You don’t need a certificate in Bible to tell others about Jesus.
According to Jesus you need two things: faith in Him and the powerful presence of His Spirit living in you. And guess what… Every Christ follower has both of those things.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)
Do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12, ESV)
Don’t let fear force you into ignoring those who are far from God. Embrace your faith. Listen to the Holy Spirit. And share the good news of the gospel with others.
#2 Jesus Never Argued People Into Heaven
One of my biggest regrets in life happened way back in middle school. I had been hanging out with some Muslim friends of mine. I wanted to tell them about Jesus. So I asked them if they’d be interested.
To my surprise they said yes.
The problem was I had recently got my hands on a Christian apologetics primer. So, I wasn’t interested in telling them the good news about Jesus. I was only interested in completely dismantling their entire world view and understanding of all things spiritual and religious in a single sitting.
Pretty big expectation!
Well, it didn’t happen. And I didn’t understand why.
And in my frustration and ignorance, I remember shouting at them as they walked away, “You’ll go to hell if you don’t believe!”
Yeah… I said that. And then I was surprised when they never wanted to talk to me about Jesus again.
Jesus never argued people into heaven. Yes Jesus had discussions. Yes Jesus challenged people’s deeply held convictions. But Jesus was always about winning the person. Not the argument.
And there’s a BIG difference.
Too many Christians are caught up trying to convince people that their world view is better. Instead we should be caught up in presenting to the world a Savior that is better.
#3 Jesus Never Condemned People Into Heaven
I want to challenge you to read through the Gospels and take note of every time Jesus speaks condemning words. Who is He talking to? Why is He speaking that way?
What you’ll discover is that every time Jesus pronounces woes, it’s not aimed at the lost and broken sinner. It’s always aimed at the self-righteous religious folks.
If you don’t want to read through all of the Gospels, just read Matthew 23. You’ll get the point.
There were many times Jesus spoke to people deep in sin. In John 4 He met with a woman who worshipped a false god and couldn’t keep a husband. In John 8 He defended a woman caught in the act of adultery. In Luke 6 He invited a tax-collector–the lowest of the low–to be His companion. As He was dying on the cross He welcomed a sinner into Paradise.
These are only a few examples. You see it over and over again. Jesus never condemned anyone into heaven.
The Jesus Way
Instead, Jesus graced people into heaven.
Jesus met people exactly where they were, and showed them a better way. He didn’t skimp on truth. He had no problem calling people to repentance. But He did it all with a disposition of grace.
And it worked.
And it’s still working today.
God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4, NIV).
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