I suppose I’ve missed the New Year’s resolution boat by a week or two. That’s probably best since New Year’s resolution is usually code for “something you need to do but never will.” However, it’s always around this time that I look at things I could be doing better in my life. Without a doubt, evangelism is something that needs improvement. In fact, you could probably pull a Michael J. Fox, travel back in time to the beginning of any year and you’d find me giving that same answer. It is simply something I need to improve. If you’re like me, you could probably work on it as well.
I’m not talking about in connection with your local congregation. I think it is wonderful when churches find ways to evangelize their community through programs such as Vacation Bible School or gospel meetings; however, I’m talking about our personal evangelism on a daily basis. When was the last time you spoke to ANYONE about God or His Son? For me, that answer is not one that I am very proud of.
Did you know that when the apostles were given the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, they fully expected to accomplish that job in their lifetime? It’s the only thing that makes sense. They traveled throughout the entire world preaching to everyone they came in contact with. In fact, before the book of Acts concludes, all of Asia had heard the word of the Lord (Acts 19:10). That’s dedication!
What does that show about our dedication today? Do we strive to spread God’s word with the same fervor? Or are we content with the way things are, hoping the generations that follow will fulfill the Great Commission instead? Unfortunately, with this attitude, there will be no future generations to preach God’s word. It must start now and it must start on a personal level. Start today by looking for one person you can talk to about Christ. Just one! If we will begin looking for ways to reach people on a daily basis, we too can have the same dedication the apostles had. Who knows? Maybe we can even reach the whole world in this lifetime. If we all work together, that’s not an impossible task.