How those with the gift of evangelism can inspire the rest of us.
I love people who have the gift of evangelism. You know the ones—they are able to engage in a faith conversation from almost any angle, in almost any moment. When we are around those with the gift of evangelism, we likely have one of two responses:
• Jealousy burns in our bones and we quietly convince ourselves that we really aren’t capable of doing it anyway, so let’s leave it to the professionals.
• We swallow our pride and rejoice in what God has done as we ask, “Lord, help me to be a better witness.”
Do you flee from people who talk about their “successful” gospel witnessing encounters because of the emotional response it rouses in you? Or do you run toward them because you want to be inspired and to learn more?
Let me share seven reasons why I love being around evangelists, and why they are good for those of us who don’t have this particular gifting.
1. Because They Love Jesus.
Evangelists are so in love with Jesus that not talking about him would seem very odd. They have found their true love and want to tell the world about him. Psalm 51:15 is their mantra: “Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.”
2. Because They Inspire Me.
Evangelists spend a lot of time with God. A lot. They read Scripture, they pray, sometimes they journal. Evangelists take very seriously what God has called them to and want to do it with excellence. Even in their call they live Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
3. Because They Are Bold.
No, not bold as in, “Let me tell you how to get out of hell, you who I just met on the street.” Rather, bold as in, they are not afraid to speak the name of Jesus or to celebrate his goodness. They understand that he is Lord and Savior, and they are unashamed to say so. They deeply believe Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
4. Because They Are Humble.
A true evangelist never takes the credit for leading people to Jesus. It is always God’s work. Like the apostle Paul, they humbly say, “When I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16).
5. Because They Are Great Reporters.
Evangelists ask good questions. They understand that Jesus’ modus operandi was often to ask questions to get people thinking. It’s a way of engaging others on a deeper and more meaningful level.
6. Because They Are Good Listeners.
Evangelists know that they have two ears and one mouth for a reason. They listen intently and ask God for guidance in responding. They heed James 1:19: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
7. Because They Are Like Us.
Oftentimes, we “normal” people see evangelists as special, more righteous and holier than we are. We erroneously believe they are closer to God and have it all together. The truth is, they are just like us, only gifted differently. They have fears and uncertainties that occasionally paralyze them. But they always get back up and continue to live in a manner worthy of what God has called them to.
Do you see a little of yourself in this list? Hopefully you do, because all of us have a little evangelist in us, whether we believe it or not.