What have I got to offer?
Finding evangelism hard? Thought so.
Trying to keep up with uni work, sports team, friendships, church stuff, CU stuff, a relationship and somehow still having energy and time to share Jesus with your friends? How does anyone do it? Events week is coming up and you’ve exhausted all your invitational power, been rejected too many times, and after all that, none of your mates seem any more interested in Jesus than when you met them!
Maybe if you were less busy and less tired and life was less stressful…maybe if you had different mates, then it would all go well?
Well, maybe. But what if the best evangelist isn’t the well-rested, well cleaned up future you (and let’s face it they aren’t going to appear this term anyway). What if the normal, stressed-out you is the exact evangelist that God will use?
No Christian superman
Imagine if you could go back in time and ask the greatest evangelist in history how they found serving Jesus – I wonder what they would say.
Well, as it turns out, you can! Meet the Apostle Paul, Christian evangelist extraordinaire, who God used to take the gospel all the way from Israel to Italy. On one of his missionary journeys, Paul planted a church in the town of Corinth in Greece. Years later, he wrote a letter to the church reporting back on his mission, and he says this:
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.
– 2 Corinthians 1:8–10
Not what you were expecting?
One of history’s greatest evangelists struggled. A lot. In fact, evangelism was so tough that even he wanted to give up. He had nothing left to give. And yet, in these depths he learnt the best lesson – mission is about God’s work, not about our power.
In the most severe trial, Paul learnt that God is totally reliable, always there to deliver him. And in the end, Paul’s witness started a huge amount of the early church!
So, if you feel like you have nothing left to give in evangelism – good! God uses weak people to build His Kingdom. It means that all of the glory is His and frees us up to give it a go.
There is no evangelistic superman, just people God uses for His glory.
And you can be that person!
How could you make the most of the opportunities around you this week – even if you’re dreading it – and see how God uses you?
Simon is an English northerner who has been undercover in Scotland for the last decade. He heard the gospel clearly at university and has been involved in CU and church mission ever since, currently as the Staff Worker for central Glasgow. He is naturally found in two habitats – effortlessly cool Glasgow coffee dens, or wild swimming in Scottish Lochs (yes in winter, no he's not crazy).