God uses his people to do the humanly impossible. Christians open the eyes of the blind. They make deaf ears hear. They give life to the dead. And because no human can do that on their own, when it happens, God gets the glory.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. That’s the gospel.
The hope for the most hardened sinner in any of our lives is this: God can save. God can stop them in their tracks, take out the heart of stone, and put in a new heart. Conversion does not ultimately depend on me, nor is it limited by the hardness of the unbeliever. This is one of the most liberating truths for evangelism.
The best way to taste the power of God is to venture something on it. So one of the best ways to experience the gospel’s power is to give it away. “Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:35).
Evangelism gets a bad reputation when we are uninterested in people and don’t seem to care about them. But people are really interesting. Every person we talk to is an amazing creation of God with a thousand interesting experiences.
Life is a series of never-to-be-repeated opportunities for buying up spiritual blessings. Whether we are on course or on a detour, every hour of life brings a situation that can be bought up for eternity or missed. There is never a dull or insignificant moment for the Christian who is radically devoted to purchasing life’s little moments for eternity.
Our joy reaches its fullest extent only when it is compounded by the joy of seeing others share in it with us. Our goal in evangelism is to be God’s instruments in creating new people who delight in God through Jesus Christ and who thus bring us great joy.
A digest from Desiring God