“Paul’s great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant.
To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling.
Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not?
Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them?
Where is our tenderness?
Where our love to Christ, if we seek not His honour in the salvation of men?
O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.“ Charles Spurgeon
Evangelism was not just one of many activities of the early Church, it was the main priority. Today, evangelism and missions comes far down on the list of priorities of many individuals and churches.
In New Testament times, evangelism was a natural, spontaneous sharing of the good news. All believers engaged it in continuously. The practice was to go where people were and disciple them. Today, we invite people to church and hope they will come.
In modern times the church invites, while the first church invaded.
Everyone did the work of evangelism (Acts 1:8). Each believer took the Great Commission as a personal command to evangelize. They did it everywhere, not just in the church building (Mark 16:20). They did it every day (Acts 5:42), not just periodically during an evangelistic campaign.
Every church reproduced, every member reproduced, and every home was a center of evangelism.
Evangelism should occupy a far greater aspect of our daily lives if we would make a impact on this generation who are on their way to Hell under the Wrath of God.
When necessary, believers even worked to support themselves in order to spread the Gospel. The Apostle Paul did this. It may seem foolish that a man of Paul’s ability, education, and spiritual gifts should do manual labor to support himself. He had the right to claim full support from the churches (I Corinthians 9:7-15; I Timothy 5:17-18; Galatians 6:6), but at the same time he was prepared, if necessary, to support himself in order to spread the Gospel. He did this on several occasions. (I Corinthians 4:12; I Thessalonians 2:9; II Thessalonians 3:8).
In many nations today the custom is that pastors and evangelists are fully paid for their efforts. This has blocked the spread of the Gospel and the planting of new churches. Believers also tend to leave the task of evangelism to the full-time ministers because they are “getting paid for it.” There are also many churches without pastors because they are not able to support a full-time pastor and the possibility of working has not been considered.
If we are to impact the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must return to evangelism as the first priority. We must do it everywhere, every day, and if necessary, get a job and work in order to get the message out.
What are you doing to reach your generation???
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