“Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves . . . When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given, at that moment, what you are to say. For it will not be you, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:16,19)
God has a big toolbox. Contrary to popular Christian tradition, his tools are people. The verse above says that He is sending ‘you.’ We commonly refer to organisations, programmes or church meetings as tools. Sure, God can and does use these, but He still chooses to create these through people. The people are His tools. We are His hands and feet.
Even though most every Christian realises this, we still often tend to rely on human inventions rather than on God and His Spirit working through us. Allow the following illustration:
Concerning evangelism, we have a mindset that says we are to lure our non-Christian acquaintances to various church services or ‘gospel meetings’ so that they can encounter the gospel, be confronted with the message of Jesus and hopefully place their faith and trust in Him.
This IS a valid method of evangelism, but it is ONLY ONE method! Thankfully, God has a LOT more ways to reach people than just gospel ‘meetings.’ And to be completely honest, there is somewhat of a large contrast between this method of evangelism and Jesus’ method, which is not gospel meetings, but gospel lifestyles.
Jesus tells US to GO. He wants US to share the Gospel with the world and teach them about Christ. We cannot and MUST not rely on ‘the preacher’ to tell our non-Christians about Jesus. 1 Peter 3:15 says,
“But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord, and always be ready to give a defense for the hope that is within you whenever someone asks, with gentleness and respect.”
Like it or not, if you are not prepared to share the Gospel with your friends, you are in disobedience to Christ.
And by the way, we MUST share the Gospel with much more than only WORDS. As a popular author has said, we must share the testimony of our LIFE and LOVE, and earn the right to share the testimony of our LIPS.
Will we make ourselves ready to be used by God, or will we continue to stay buried in the bottom of the toolbox?