Summary: Motivated because JESUS commands us. Motivated because of our LOVE for God and other people. Motivated by the REALITY of Heaven and Hell.
We are continuing in our series on Dynamic Disciples or Dynamic Discipleship and this month our focus is on Evangelism.
The Topic we are dealing with today is Our Motivation to Evangelise.
So the question to begin is What is our Motivation to Evangelise?
I’m sure many people could come up with many different reasons. The Bible shows us the clearest and most important reason why we should be motivated to evangelise, why we should be motivated to tell others about who Jesus is.
We are not saved by being nice people, we are not saved by our works, we are not saved by just going to church, we are saved when we repent and place our faith and trust in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
As disciples of Jesus - He wants and expects us to tell others about who He is and how they can be saved.
There are very few people who enjoy conflict.
Most people want to avoid uncomfortable situations.
We want to get along with others, and it is much easier to stick to topics where we can agree, or at least pretend to agree.
Is that stopping you from sharing your faith?
If we believe the truth of the Words given to us by God in the Bible,
If we believe Jesus is the only way of salvation,
If we believe salvation is the free gift given to all who place their faith and trust in Jesus.
Then part of being a dynamic disciple involves sharing the truth of who Jesus is with others.
We have a message of hope, a message of love, a message of eternal consequence that should motivate us to speak and yet too often we choose to remain silent.
Sharing Jesus with others is a mark of true discipleship and a direct command from Jesus.
You know the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
His command to His first disciples is also a command to each and every one of us.
Does the fear of offending someone keep you from doing what Jesus has told you to do?
Does the fear of offending someone keep you from saying anything at all?
Accepting that we are sinful by nature, accepting that we are living in rebellion against the God who has made us, accepting that God has provided a way for us to be right with Him, accepting our need to repent from our sins and turn to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, the truth of the gospel might offend some people.
The truth of the gospel is offensive because it unseats self from the throne of the heart and establishes God as King.
To accept the truth of the gospel a person needs to be willing to change, and that can be a difficult choice to make.
But isn’t it better to offend someone with the truth about who Jesus was and is than keep silent?
Jesus calls us to be active participants in making disciples.
Being a disciple of Jesus is more than turning up in church for a couple of hours on a Sunday if it fits into your schedule.
Being a disciple of Jesus requires more from us than just turning up for a church service, God is meant to have the central place in our daily lives.
Being a disciple of Jesus is more than just reading your bible once in a while or praying when you need something, it requires a real relationship with the God who loves you.
Discipleship is the way we show that we take Jesus – His Incarnation, His works, His words, His person, His exemplary life, His commands and His commissions – seriously.
A Christian who takes discipleship seriously is a Christian who takes Jesus and the Gospel seriously.
Jesus commands us His disciples to tell others the truth, to share, to speak, to witness, to evangelise,
whatever you want to call, choosing to share the Gospel is an essential part of our lives as disciples.
Here’s another question for you - What motivates you to share the truth of the Gospel?
Maybe one or all of these three things should motivate us to speak about Jesus more:
Motivated because JESUS commands us.
Motivated because of our LOVE for God and other people.