Summary: This sermon discusses the difference between what God thinks about evangelism and what modern day Christians think about it.
Do you remember the excitement you felt when it was time for you to get your driver’s license? You could barely wait to get behind the wheel and take off, right? But, before you could do that, there was something you needed to do. Do you remember what that was? You had to learn to drive!
Someone had to teach you to drive. And, no matter what we do in life that is new or different, we need somebody to help us; to train us; and to encourage us. In other words, no matter what it is, if we are doing it for the first time, we need someone more experienced than we are to teach us the ropes.
When Leonardo da Vinci was working on one of his great masterpieces, a student stood by observing everything he did, so he could eventually imitate the master artist. It seemed to take forever for da Vinci to finish the painting, but when he was down to a few last strokes of the brush, he handed the brush to the student and told him to finish.
The student backed off, and said he could never dream of touching the master’s work. Da Vinci asked the student, “If what I have done has not inspired you to do your best, what good was it that you observed me in the first place?”
As you read through the Bible, you can see the work of our Lord. In the Old Testament, you will read where the Lordw as coming. In the Gospels, you will read where the Lord had come, and in the rest of the New Testament, you will read about how the Lord has already been here, and will be coming back.
You can read the Bible and almost see where God has created this wonderful masterpiece, and then He stepped back and handed the brush to us and said, “Finish this for Me.”
I once heard a story of how God and the angels were talking right after Jesus ascended into Heaven. The angels were wondering how that was going to help bring others into salvation.
In the conversation, God told the angels that the success of the church on earth would depend on the men who had walked with Jesus as His disciples.
The angels could not believe what they heard. They said, “God, You have got to be kidding! These men are not brave, they are not overly intelligent, and they certainly do not have any education to speak of at all. Don’t you have a Plan B?”
God looked at them and said, “This is plan B. Plan A was when My Son went down there in the first place.”
There is one thing I am known for in my preaching. I preach a lot about evangelism. I think every Christian is called to be a preacher, but only very few of them are called to do it with words. In other words, every Christian is supposed to be a proper reflection of Jesus Christ. That includes what they say, what they think, what they do and how they live. That is evangelism.
Too many times, today’s Christians seem quite reluctant about telling others about Jesus Christ. We seem to think that as long as we go to church on Sundays, we can pretty much live the rest of the week like we want to, and not go out of our way to talk about salvation to others.
We cannot afford to fall into the trap of thinking that we can receive Jesus as our Savior, and then keep Him our private little secret the rest of our lives. It does not work that way.
I believe that God is getting ready to produce a time of harvest, and we need to be prepared to bring people to Him. There is a short poem that says it all.
They will not come – they must be brought.
They will not seek – they must be sought.
And, they will not learn – so they must be taught.
In ROMANS 10:14 Paul says,
How then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
In other words, Paul is asking how people can come to know Christ if we do not tell them? Remember, you and I are plan B. There is no plan C.
In LUKE 15:10, we find that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels over one sinner who repents. See, when we share our faith with others by telling them what Jesus means to us, this pleases God more than you can even imagine. The very courts of Heaven explode in delight and jubilation.