So what does it mean for me? I mean, Jesus himself told us to tell everyone... “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” I guess you could argue that he was just talking to the disciples, but I feel the weight of it as well...
|A Pit preacher at UNC|
My way of sharing, I guess, is a bit more ... casual ... than, say, a missionary or a Pit preacher. Not that I am against these ways... I have heard a lot of stories about people being saved in so many crazy ways, that I can’t really poo-poo any way the gospel gets out there. And missionaries are a vital, exciting part of the God’s family. All over the world they are running clinics, building schools, helping people with AIDS, planting churches, sharing the good news... saving lives, saving souls. And with regard to methods and sincerity, Paul said he didn’t care what people’s motives are who preach the gospel - as long as the gospel is preached! And as long as we are human, I don’t believe we are ever going to have pure motives. We can just do the best we can.
Actually, this way of mine – it’s not solely “in the body.” As anyone who has ever worked with me can tell you, pieces of the gospel often spill out of my mouth in conversation – not if we’re talking about work, of course, but in the natural way people who spend all day together might carry their conversation into the personal and philosophical realm. Of course, you know this too, if you’ve read very many of my blog posts. I didn’t set out to write a “Christian” blog, it’s just the lens that I see the world through, and if I’m really exercising my big mouth, it’s just going to come out. As our pastor says, you’ve really got to put a name on it, or how will people know?!
As I think about it, my way is both easier and also more difficult... I don’t have to go to the other side of the world and live in a hut, or expose myself to the horrors of public speaking... but I do have to live every single day in the presence of God and man as one who belongs to the God who is LOVE and GRACE. And, as I’ve written before, how to actually let Jesus drive is one of the mysteries of life to me. But that’s just another way I confess that I don’t have it together... another way I present a good failure model, right?
And of course, I may never get “credit” for leading anyone to Christ – not that anyone’s counting ... are they? I remember being in a class with an Intervarsity leader who began a sentance this way, “When I am leading people to Christ...” and I thought, “What?” To my knowledge I have never actually led a person to Christ. I mean, people I know have come to Christ, but I can’t pinpoint any one conversation or event in which I was involved that caused this to happen. All I did was be myself in full view.
Anyway, that’s what kind of evangelism I’m all about. It’s easy. It’s hard. It’s all I can do.