Why Evangelize? Part 4

Because God has Chosen Human Beings to Evangelize Other Human Beings.    

       It has always been a bit of a puzzle to me why the Lord would choose us to spread the Gospel.  In my thinking, it would be far more effective for the Lord, or the angels to do it.  Could you imagine if everyone who got saved had an angel appear to them that preached the gospel to them? Wow!  I think I would be instantly convinced?  However, the Lord did not choose that way, but it is interesting to note that many of the false religions DID begin that way.  An angel appeared to various men and began preaching “another gospel, another Jesus” – whom Paul calls “another Spirit” (2 Cor 11:4, Gal 1:6-9).  No, the One True and Living God chose to use human vessels to carry the water of life to the thirsty souls of this earthly realm.

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.  (20) 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 God2 Corinthians 5:19.

God the father was “IN” Christ pleading with the lost that they would be reconciled unto God.  Now in the same manner, Christ is “IN” us pleading and beseeching through us (His ambassadors) for the souls of mankind.  Now We are the “voice” and Body of Christ in the earth.  God uses Homo Sapiens to evangelize others like themselves.  Even God – when He wanted to reach the world with salvation – He had to come in the flesh as a Human Being.  God has chosen to use humans to evangelize other humans – so much so that even He had to become a human being in order to reach them. Can you process that truth?  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).  God became flesh to reach the world, and now that He has returned to heaven with an immortal body He wants to become flesh IN US and walk the planet THROUGH us – bringing the Gospel to the places that we go together with Him.

There are two examples in scripture that would be quite helpful to observe through this lens.  Scripture portrays an account of a man named Cornelius in Acts chapter ten.  This man was a religious man but he was not yet saved.  He was fasting and praying seeking the Lord in the way that he knew how.  Suddenly an angel appears to him – startles him – he got his attention for sure!  And the angel opened his mouth and what did he say?  Did he begin to preach the Gospel to him and say “thou must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and turn from your sins”?  No, he did not preach to him – again, I think it may have been quite effective for that angel to preach to Cornelius, but that is not the way the Lord has chosen – in His wisdom.  The angel opened his mouth and told him “…Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (Acts 11:13-14).  The angel told Cornelius that a man named Peter would come with “words” that could save him and his entire house.  The Lord went through all the trouble to send an angel, his messenger, to a man to call for another man to come.  Isn’t that remarkable?  When Peter arrived at the house of Cornelius, he had gathered together a large group of his family and friends.  He told Peter “it is a good thing you came, we’ve been waiting for you; now please tell us what God is saying to us” (Acts 10:33 paraphrased).  They were primed ready, and expecting that God would speak to them through a man.  Hallelujah!  Are you catching the vision?  There is another account in scripture that is worth exploring to drive home this point.  The conversion of Saul, before he began his “career” as the Apostle Paul is accounted in Acts chapter nine.  Saul was on a murderous rampage against the church of Jesus Christ.  He received authority from the Jewish Priests to go to Damascus on a mission to destroy and arrest Christians.  While he was along the route – a bright light from heaven shone upon him.  He fell to the ground and the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him – asking him why he was persecuting the Lord.  Saul asked the Lord what he must do – I would think that this would have been a great opportunity for the Lord himself to preach to Paul, but he didn’t.  In His resurrected immortal state, the Lord prefers for the job of evangelism to be carried out by mortal humans.  He says to Saul “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do(Acts 9:6).  There was a man named Ananias that came to Saul and began to explain to him the things that he would need to do.

God chooses to use human agency in the evangelization of other human beings, and for the further conveyance of truth.  The Lord told the disciples in Mark 9:37-38  that the harvest was plenty, but that they needed (and us too) to pray that God would send out more laborers – God chooses to use human laborers for His work of harvesting souls.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (14)  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  (15)  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:13-15)

People do not know to call on the name of the Lord, or know to believe in Him if they have not ever heard the gospel.  How will they hear the Gospel if a human being has not come to them and preached that message to them?  We have a very important task to preach the Gospel – many souls are hanging in the balance – countless men’s eternity depends on us.  You may want to ask yourself these two questions – “If I don’t preach the gospel – who will?”  “If every Christian did as much witnessing as I do, how many people will be reached?”  It is quite a simple equation actually – no seeds planted = no fruit harvested.  The job of planting seeds (witnessing) can often be discouraging because you don’t see fruit right away – but don’t be discouraged keep planting seeds.  “Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass” (Isa 32:20).   The Ox is a picture of the man who goes and preaches the Gospel.  Furthermore God promises “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isa 55:11).  We should be encouraged that if we sow, we also shall reap a good harvest in God’s good time.  “Ye that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psa 126:5).  If you are waiting for the “conditions” or the circumstances to be perfect before you began evangelizing – you never will.  This is essentially what Solomon was intimating when he said “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” (Ecc 11:4).  So Get out there and start sowing seeds!

Blessings,

Pastor Justin

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