Lord, thank you for the stretching times. Thank you for moving us into situations that are new and sometimes scary with the purpose of helping us grow. Thank you for your loving debriefing. Thank you for new hope. Thank you for a chance to be part of your mission, to see your power move through our lives. Thank you. In your powerful and loving Name, I pray. Amen.
Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel, provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel. – Colossians 1:5,23
How am I to be an evangelist today? I ask the question because it is asked not only for those who are called to be but is part of the role and identify of every follower of Christ. It is not easy, but there are indicators of what an evangelist looks like as they share the Good News. It starts with the awareness that the human heart hungers for God, whether they know it or not. Then we had best leave the things we are attached to behind – have just enough so that there is little attachment to the things of this world. Be confident but not overbearing. Do your sharing with joy. Finally, be prepared to have a story to share, a testimony of hope you have in you when the appropriate moment for words open up.
You proclaim the Good News by every thought, action and deed that your surrendered heart will lead you to perform. The fire that is lit in you was given because of the gift of salvation and so you live with a love inside you that makes you unstoppable in expressing that love to others. We are invited to abide in that truth, meshing faith, hope and love into our actions.
When we personally exercise activity in doing good, we grow in Christian excellence. Love increases by loving. Hope builds up just by hoping. Zeal starts a fire and keeps the fire going and arousing the heat. Knowledge is sustained and established by the effort of teaching others as opposed to studying for one’s self. To the person who uses their gifts and talents, extra talents and gifts are given to them.
Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. – Luke 9:1-6