2) Evangelism is the Heartbeat of God
God’s heart beats for evangelism. He loves sinners and all people, and he wants to see as many as possible come to salvation. Some of the most well-known verses in the entire Bible say:
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17).
God did not come to condemn people to hell – He has no pleasure in that. He is hoping that through our preaching of the good news people will respond and be saved from their sins. There are many people who evangelize in a “condemning” way – it is as though they enjoy telling people that they are going to hell, and enjoy pointing out all the horrible things someone is doing. I know a fine Christian man who had a knock on his door one day. He was pleasantly surprised to find a lady from another Christian denomination looking to evangelize him. When he realized what she was doing, he told her that he was a born-again Christian and happy to see that she was doing what she was doing. Her response troubled him – she said quite harshly “we’re just telling people where they are going that’s all!” This is not God’s way. He loved – then He sent His Son – NOT to condemn. Sinners are already condemned to hell – they just may not realize it. We will spend some time showing in a later chapter how the motivation for evangelism is love, but for now the point is that our intent should never be to condemn someone.
It is also evident that God is actively involved in evangelism – HE sent His Son. God is out there searching for man, even though man is NOT searching for him. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
The closer we draw near to our God the more pronounced the beat of his heart should become to us. You see, He wants to plead through us for the souls of men – He does not want anyone to go to hell! “He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). He wants us to be actively involved in winning the lost to Him – that is the heartbeat of our Father.
The problem is that we as Christians become spiritually lazy and sometimes we ARE WILLING that people should perish. God Help us and allow us to be stirred from our peaceful, selfish, apathetic, slumber – that we may actively seek the lost that they may be saved!