“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5 (NASB)
I have been involved in evangelism for almost 40 years—four decades, having been privileged and blessed by the Lord to share His Gospel in all kinds of venues (university and college campuses, street fairs, street corners, concerts, etc.).
In the above Scripture, Paul commands Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist.” This word “evangelist” is defined as “a messenger of good” and denotes a “preacher of the gospel”:
There is little arguing over the fact that “doing the work of an evangelist” can be a difficult duty, particularly because such a work involves dealing with people in public places and sharing a message that is rarely well received and often met with hostility, ridicule, rejection and sometimes violence.
I have faced all of the above in countless situations and circumstances, and along with the negative aspects of endeavoring to be a faithful soldier of Jesus, there is also the satisfaction and thrill of knowing that I have been an encouragement and blessing to a few people along the way.
Though I certainly do not consider myself an “expert” in evangelism nor a particularly effective evangelist, I have tried to do my best for the Lord with the few talents He has given me. My hope is that what I have learned might become an encouragement for others to “go and do likewise.”
If you have found yourself reading the information on this particular page and are not actively “doing the work of an evangelist” but have a burning in your soul to do so, I would like nothing more than to be a spark in helping to ignite a flame that will burn bright for the sake of the Lord Jesus in bringing His Gospel message to the lost and hurting masses of humanity that continually surround us.
As a typical writer, I hope that what I write is read by many people. But I don’t want to entertain people by penning a good story that might thrill the soul or cause someone to be emotionally moved in some fashion. That is all well and good and effective writing can move people emotionally, but that is not my aim.
Rather, my aim is to motivate people to do something for the Lord, to be one small step in someone’s life in influencing him or her to become a life-long witness for the cause of Christ.
Far too many of us—myself included—fall into the trap of thinking that simply because we post things on Facebook or other social media sites that end up being “liked” by dozens or hundreds of people, that we have actually done something of eternal consequence. Though this might certainly be true, I don’t believe it happens nearly as often as we think it does.
What I believe actually happens is we are simply wasting our valuable time, burning up precious hours and resources chasing the wind when it would be better spent pouring our lives into molding and shaping the lives and opinions of others for the kingdom of God.
Jesus, in what is commonly known as the “Great Commission,” said, “”Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15 [NASB]) Though in a sense this can be done through the medium of social media, nothing can substitute for a “boots on the ground” plan of action that purposely goes out to minister to people in the “highways and hedges” of where people congregate in a literal “face to face” method of communication.
Let me be someone who encourages my readers to do exactly that: boots on the ground where you personally go out among humanities masses and, like Jesus and the Apostles, ministered to people face to face.