Mike Pruchniewski wrote the following encouraging post and wanted to share it with all of you. It’s a concise, wonderful reminder that we aren’t merely assigned the task of telling people about Jesus; we’re invited into the exciting world of sharing with others what God did for us, how we’ve been saved, and what that means to our lives!
Mike writes, “As we draw into the Easter holiday — a day where more people are drawn to church than most other days — it is important to remember that we are responsible for that. From the earliest times, God wanted a relationship with His people. Lest we forget He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve in the cool if the day.
Yet over the centuries that has seemed to change. That is not God’s changing; it’s us who have changed. We are consumed by all of our daily activities. As someone who’s done face to face evangelism, I’ve often been told, “I’ll get to that later.”
Nowhere in God’s Word does it say that we as people are promised tomorrow, let alone the next minute. He said our days are numbered. Only He knows the exact length of our stay in this life.
I say all of this to bring up a simple point. We sometimes fail to do our job. Matthew 28:18-20, The Great Commission, is very clear: we are to make disciples of the whole world.
Growing up I thought that evangelism was not my job. I even gave some door-to-door visitors the line, “I have a home church,” which was true. I was Catholic, so I though it was the priest’s job, or at the very least… somebody else’s.
Yet I have seen in my life that to truly embrace The Great Commission each of us needs to tell at least one person about how God has changed our life. To share our testimony. Each person’s testimony is going to be different, as well it should be. But our approach is often different as well. There are several tried and true methods to evangelize, and the method you choose (or I choose) often depends on the person that we’re speaking to. Having spoken with numerous folks over the years, I have seen a lot. Some have accepted salvation, others haven’t. I remember one woman in particular who went to be with the Lord just a few days after accepting Jesus as her savior. Her nursing staff said she went from being grumpy and miserable to constantly smiling. I explained her new relationship with God to them, and they did seem to understand.
It was there that God taught me His timing is perfect.
So a challenge for everyone: get out of your own way, let God lead you to the person or people He wants you to lead to Him. God will not disappoint you. He never does. If you’d like more insight into evangelism, just ask. Those of us who have been blessed by such experiences would be more than happy to help. God bless.”