Apart from a relatively few extremely gifted people a lot of us struggle with evangelism. We know we should do it but it’s hard. Perhaps we are guilty of separating evangelism out from the rest of Christianity sort of like an O2 bolt on. We take comfort in the fact that people who are gifted in evangelism take the flak off us. But is this how it should be? Or should we all be evangelists simply out of the lives we live in Jesus?
The truth, of course, is that once people know we are a Christian we are all evangelists, either good ones, or bad ones. Yet still we give ourselves plenty of excuses. We tell ourselves that we are building relationships before we tell people about Christ, that we are waiting for the right event to invite them too. We convince ourselves that we know our friends better than God does and that we know how much gospel they can handle, and in doing so we rob them of the chance to accept Christ.
I know I am generalising but if God can use anything to get through to someone shouldn’t we be trying everything? At the end of the day Jesus doesn’t want or need you to make Him more relevant, rather He is waiting until you allow Him to make you relevant.
Romans 10:14 (CEV) ‘How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?’