Lately I have had many opportunities to share the gospel and have even been leading people to the Lord. I believe that God wants to use others in evangelism in these last days as he is about to pour out his Holy Spirit in marvelous ways. Acts 2:17
So, if you have been feeling the Lord’s stirring in your heart to see souls saved then this blog is for you.
In my younger days I used to think that all were called to do what I do and it caused me in my zeal but immaturity to get angry at the church for what I perceived as irresponsibility on their part. However, I now realize after being a Christian for many years that this simply is not true. The Bible declares that we each have been given different gifts. 1 Cor. 12
I would like to exhort pastors to try to be more gracious to the zealous evangelists because these evangelists have a fire in their hearts from the Lord. So please do not quench the Spirit that is in them and cause them to be discouraged. Rather encourage the evangelists in their gifts and callings. I had a very wise pastor say to me once, “Kim we really appreciate your calling but our church has been given a different vision.”
I took that exhortation very seriously and after that I just went out and worked in soup kitchens and street ministry on my lonesome. Luke 14:23
As years went by I got into a bit of a scuffle with a church who put me in a leadership position as evangelist and were OK with me until I invited street people to their Christmas party. I made extra food and still the pastor was mad at me. “We don’t want our church to be a soup kitchen!! ” he said vehemently.
Well, I was offended! Haven’t you ever read the scriptures that say, ” If you have a banquet invite the needy to come in !!” Matthew 22:9
“Well that’s your interpretation!” I was told.
After that experience no more was I working through churches! HMPH!
It’s a lonely life being a misunderstood evangelist and a woman who doesn’t know her place. I had a lot to learn.
As time went on I was being taught by the Lord that not every one has my calling so it became ok to just do my thing and never mind what the next guy was doing.
Evangelists can be a bit of a pain to other parts of the body. Especially street evangelists. We got saved most of us from unsavory backgrounds and have no church manners. We are sometimes loud and opinionated. Preachy and teachy. Not to mention judgmental ! But put us in the midst of the downtrodden and broken hearted and we melt. Weeping in prayer and serving the lost like no bodies business.
So my advise to pastors is just love your evangelists. Try to be gracious and understanding. They will grow up and mature….one day.
Now for my exhortation to would be soul winners.
After I put on my gospel boots and pray for the Lord to send me out in the power of his Holy Spirit I keep my eyes open for would be divine appointments. Eph. 6:10-18
Going about my business I soon find myself in conversation with someone. Then I look for opportunity to share Jesus in the conversation.
“My wife had hip surgery today.”
” The Lord healed my hips and he can heal your wife’s, can I pray for you? “
” I have anxiety. “
“Jesus can deliver you, can I pray for you?”
” How you doing today?”
“Oh, I lost my job.”
” Can I pray with you? God can get you a job!”
The Lord will give you many opportunities. Just ask him to fill your mouth and give you boldness. Psalm 81:10
Last night I passed by a homeless camp. Should I go there Lord and share? I asked.
Boldness came into my heart and off I went passing out Bibles and sharing Jesus.
Jesus never imposed himself on others and that’s why its important to be led by the Holy Spirit in evangelism. Otherwise we may end up with a punch in the nose.
When the Lord is leading he prepares the way. Listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If he gives you a red signal don’t go but if you get the green light go for it.
God’s faith is never presumptuous. The faith that God gives results in boldness and Holy Ghost power. God’s faith always leads to results. Romans 10:17
Not every one is ready to receive Jesus yet. A street or lifestyle evangelist’s job is to sometimes sow at other times water and at other times reap.
I gave a gospel tract to a guy years ago who was led to the Lord by another Christian shortly there after and then raised up by the church to be a missionary. Never underestimate a seed sown.
Prayer is essential for every evangelist. Spiritual warfare one night may lead to a soul being saved the next. 1 Thess. 5:17
Being misunderstood is a given if you are an evangelist. Not every one is going to join in your zeal. Remember what Jesus said. ” Never mind him. You come follow me.”
Lastly, I want to point out another essential aspect of evangelism and that is holiness. Never go evangelize with sin in your life. Satan will rip you to shreds. Get right with God. Repent and ask for his restoration. Then when your situation is dealt with head out and share Jesus. The gates of hell can’t prevail against the righteous, that is those in right standing with God. Ephesian 4:27-30 Ephesians 16:5-20
In conclusion, pastors remember to pray for your evangelists. They are on the front lines. Kind of like the paramedic in a war zone. Evangelists and would be evangelists, love the body and pray for them even if they don’t understand you. Accept that you are different and rejoice for you have been called with a holy calling! 2 Timothy 1:9