“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38
It doesn’t take us too long to realize that our world is in need of Jesus Christ. You can’t watch the news for five minutes without this being abundantly clear. But the church has evangelism programs and tracts and tent meetings and everything else imaginable to draw people in! Obviously, we are not getting through to the rest of the world.
What have we done in the area of evangelism that has been successful?
What have we done that hasn’t been met with success?
When farmers plant, they take good seed and place it in the dirt, expecting that with time and care they will see a harvest. If they did not expect a harvest to come, they wouldn’t invest their time and money into planting. Or if there was nothing good to be gained, they wouldn’t make the sacrifice.
Part of evangelism is sacrifice. We must make an investment in our time, money, and talents because we believe that there is a harvest worthwhile investing in.
You’re familiar with the Great Commission at the end of Matthew 28. Almost every Christian would say that it is important that we live it out in our lives. But how many people really take those verses and put it into action?
It is easy to say that we believe in something. It is much more difficult to place that faith into action. We can say we believe it is important to evangelize. It is much more difficult to make the sacrifice to do it.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. How much would you sacrifice to see someone come to Christ? Are you currently doing as much as you can to see this happen?
It is easy to get discouraged when we don’t see the results we expect as quickly as we expect. At times a zeal for evangelism can even be looked down upon by other Christians because you’re suddenly a “radical.” For many, it’s acceptable to go to church as long as they don’t have to hear anything about it or be pressured to attend.
Other times Christians have held the pastor solely responsible for evangelism. Many pastors have lost their jobs because the church wasn’t growing. In some cases it was undoubtedly time for the pastor to leave, but in other cases the church was not growing because the people were unwilling to evangelize.
The first step in evangelism is recognizing the need for it and actually doing something. What are you willing to do?