You Gotta Have It to Give It

The 4th Pillar of Harvest Bible Chapel is: Sharing the Good News of Jesus with Boldness.

What do you need to do effective evangelism? You have to have the right message (Jesus died for our sins and rose to give us eternal life). You need to have a method to roll it out (an illustration, a bookmarked Bible, etc). These things are easy. Anybody can have those.

But the truth is, something you have to have is something that cannot be taught or learned. You have to have a passion for lost souls. Without this Spirit-inspired motivation, nothing will be effective. The content and means of sharing the message is vital, but a sound message can be possessed by those who are “sound asleep”.

Knowing the message, the methods, and the mandate of the Great Commission does not guarantee that one will go…or go with compassion…or go with enthusiasm…or go with urgency. The great need in evangelism is for the church to recover a passion for souls.

Look at the passion on these famous preachers from the Bible:

  • Moses – Exodus 32:32 - But now, if you will forgive their sin--but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.
  • Paul – Romans 9:3 - For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
  • Jesus – Luke 19:41-42 - And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

What do these men all have in common? They were men who had a deep relationship with God the Father themselvesfirst!

I could make you feel guilty for not witnessing. I could take you through every passage of the Bible that stresses the urgency. But these things aren’t going to move you.

What will move you is having a love-relationship with the Lord yourself. When you have a close walk with the Lord, your heart starts to be moved by the things that move His heart. And what moves His heart is compassionately extending His mercy and grace to the lost through His Son.

Bottom line: if you struggle with witnessing, the first question you have to ask yourself is: “How fired up am I about the Gospel?”

You can’t give it if you don’t have it.

p.s. - evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread