Evangelism—from Theory to Reality!
Adapted from a Daily Devotional by Andrew Wommack
It is commonly believed that an evangelist is someone who has a passion for leading people to the Lord.
This is true, but every believer should have a passion for souls.
When presenting the Gospel, we are not just presenting a theory about God but the factual account of God's dealings with man as revealed through His Word—with the ultimate witness being the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our personal witness of Jesus being alive in our lives brings Christ from theory to reality.
The early Christians had experienced the love of Christ in an intimate and life-transforming way. This motivated them to reach their known world with the Gospel of Christ more than any generation of Christians has done since.
They didn't have the internet or the benefits of our modern technology, but they did have the benefit of being full of the love of Christ. Experiencing the love of Christ causes us to be filled with the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19) and makes us a witness that the world cannot resist! (Jn. 13:35)
Today, way too much of the emphasis of the church is placed on the techniques of evangelism or spiritual warfare. We motivate people to witness by making them feel guilty or by telling them they will be punished if they don't.
Unfortunately, much of our evangelism has become as dead and non-productive as that of the cults who knock on doors and argue people into their way of thinking. This should never be our means of evangelizing.
Why did the early church have such an impact?
The early Christians had a much greater impact on their world because they were full of and motivated by the love of God.
The church today needs a revival of our personal relationship with the Lord. When we have experienced the love of God personally, and don’t just have a head knowledge about Him, we will be able to say with Paul that the love of Christ constrains us. Then we will impact our world for the Lord too.
We need to personally know the love of Christ in an experiential way before we try to share it with others.
You can't give away what you don't have!