Remember back to when you were a child, did you get excited when you learned about something new that you discovered? If you were anything like me, well then I would simply just bust if I kept quiet about that thing that I learned. I just had to share it with someone, anyone! As children, everything was new to us, and most everything was exciting. We strove to learn and discover new things. We made friends quickly and effortlessly and we played together.
Somewhere along the way, we lost all that wonder and excitement. Some of us, maybe even most of us, stopped learning and discovering. Many of us stopped sharing our new and exciting discoveries with others. Life happened, the quest for knowledge and learning became tedious, and society taught us that our enthusiasm should be curtailed.
We moved from the wonderment of childhood in which each of us shared and taught so many things to each other, to the position where most of us don’t teach or share our learnings with others. As I think back it appears to me as if life teaches us that we are not qualified share those little gems of truth to which we have become acquainted, especially if those gems that you’ve learned deal with the subject of religion, these days more specifically, Christian religion.
But, the Bible tells us different. The Bible tells us that each of us have something to contribute, something to share when it comes to God. In a sense we all are evangelists. An evangelist is someone who preaches about Jesus with the intention of showing and expounding about God’s love through the life of Jesus to others. And Jesus left us with His Great Commission: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV)
Now, I don’t know about you, but I feel that I am rather ill equipped to be considered as an evangelist. In fact evangelist falls in at number eight, out of 15, on my spiritual gifts list. If you feel like me rather ill equipped to be an evangelist what do you do? I’m going to suggest that you do what I did. Ask God to reveal His truth to you, ask Him for just one thing that He wants you to share. Pray about it. Make yourself still, and listen for God’s prompting. Write it down, ponder it, memorize it. Start with that one thing that you’ve gleaned to be true, that one thing about your relationship with God that is integral to your very soul. And talk about that one thing to someone. You can do it verbally, you can demonstrate it artistically or, as in my case you can write about it. Just start with that one thing. God will provide it to you. Teach that truth, the one truth that you’ve grasped from the Bible and/or Bible study. Learn it, live it, share it.
It all starts with that one thing. Talk to God.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8, ESV)