“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (KJV)
We should all be sharing the gospel with people. As part of the transformation to the new man, we must share what we believe. I must say, when the chance to write this article came up, I was pretty excited. I am naturally an evangelist at heart, and that is a way that God has blessed me to be capable of serving Him. But in what sense should we be evangelizing? Well, it really depends on the person you are trying to reach. For some, it’s very daunting to go out and talk to people they do not know. While I do not face this challenge, I do find it difficult to reach out to the people I do know. This is no excuse. I know that whatever our struggle is, God calls us to persevere through it. Furthermore, He gives us all the strength we need to do so. However, regardless of how well we know the gospel or how well we can share it, we need to display Christ in our daily lives.
What will people think of us if we profess our faith in Christ only to turn around and deny Him in our actions? People can see. They know. If you go off to Africa and minister to the starving children, that is all well and fine, but if all you take away from it is a bunch of selfies, stories, and vain thoughts of self-righteousness, then what was the point in going? People who know God’s love and feelings of devotion for us will see straight through your disguise, and even those who do not know about Him will soon notice the inconsistencies in your life as well.
We cannot preach heresy. If we want to evangelize effectively, we will need to be examples of Christ and what His love means to us. The results of living this way will become obvious. As people observe us while we demonstrate our love and willingness to follow God wherever He leads, we will prove ourselves to be different from the rest of the world. People will see that. People do not actually like the world they live in. Even those who go out and party on the weekends soon feel the consequences of their decisions and regret their life choices. People know that the world does not fulfill the desires and longings that they have. But how will they ever know what does fill that gap, if we do not go out and show them? We know what fills that hole. We know what they need, because at one point, we needed it too.
Imagine what it would be like if nobody came and showed you the difference between a life with Christ and a life without Him. Where would you be without that person? If they never did what we are so often afraid to do, we would be as lost as anyone else in this world. What kind of way to live is that? Nobody wants to be lost and confused. You would not, that is for sure. But how often do you reach out to somebody who’s lost in the dark like that? Is the fire within you even burning brightly enough to be seen by those who thirst for the light? God can save us, and fortunately, He does not even need us to reach others. But, amazingly enough, He chose us to be His greatest tools in reaching the lost. Do we deserve that honor? No. Are we capable of being His tools in our own strength? We are most definitely not. But God knows us. God knows where we fall short. He strengthens us and uses our weaknesses to glorify Him. When you die, what will people remember you for?
My personal goal is to leave even those who do not believe in my God wondering why I was so devoted to Him. I want people to look at the life I lived and say, “That was a man of God; that one was different.” Are you different? I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I am not, at least not as much as I need to be. But I will fight for that. I want to be different from the rest of this world. So different, in fact, that non-believers will know I have got something that they do not have.