Thursday, February 21, 2013

Simple Evangelism 2/21/2013

"He answered them, 'I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?'” John 9:27

Jesus had just healed a man who had been blind from birth.  Then, as now, Jesus was very controversial and in some circles, very unpopular.  The religious leaders at the time called the healed man before them and interrogated him about the healing.  When they asked how it was done, he replied that mud Jesus put on his eyes, told him to wash and could now see.  They asked who Jesus was.  The man replied that he was a prophet.  Doubting his story and more importantly the righteousness and claims of Jesus, they brought his parents in who verified that he was their son and that he had been born blind.  Still trying to get to the bottom of it, they asked the formerly blind man again how this thing came to be.  He provided the perfect answer: "Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see," (v 27).

Beloved, many faithful Christians are afraid of the word and the concept of evangelism.  When it is uttered, few will take up the charge, many will turn away and most will go about their lives as if they've never heard it.  There are a variety of reasons for this, the biggest of which is fear.  This fear is evidenced by statements such as, "I don't know what to say," "I don't know enough Bible," or "They might reject me." It is time for us to be honest with ourselves.  Which of the things that occur in our lives that we consider among the best things to happen to us would we not shout about from the rooftops?  Whether a promotion, graduation, engagement, marriage, child birth or even the acquisition of a new car, we cannot wait to tell others and in some situations even take out ads in the media.  There is no fear in these situations, quite the opposite in fact.  What, then, is the best thing that has ever happened to you?  I hope that Jesus is the answer.  Will we not share him with even one person?

The easiest, least stressful and most natural way to share Jesus is to do as the blind man did.  Simply talk about the difference he has made in your life.  You are a Christian for a reason. Just be willing to talk about those reasons.  Some will receive you and some will not.  Some will follow you and some will not.  Our love for the Lord should drive our behavior.  Part of this behavior is to become more familiar with his word, more confident in your abilities and not fearful at all.  This will make us more apt to both defend the faith and to do what Jesus did; seek and save the lost.



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