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Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Matthew 9:35-38

We all are familiar with what is required of us with regards to evangelism: a presentation of the gospel, often verbal and a call for acceptance. We are told that if you present the gospel, you’ve done your bit. If they decline, its not your fault, you’re responsible for bringing the good news not compelling belief. Afterall, Jesus said that the harvest is ready, all we need to do is go out and grab people into the Kingdom. Family, friends, strangers, it doesn’t matter who it is, as long as they’ve been presented the gospel.

What is wrong with this picture? The problem is that evangelism has fallen victim to our everything instant culture. Present the gospel, give the call, and wham-bam, you’re done! Next please! Better still, hit them up all at once in a huge evangelistic meeting! No slow oven roasted prayer-glazed with years of sowing nonsense, give me quick microwave straight from the frozen pack evangelism.

The harvest is ready, but that doesn’t mean we can be haphazard about the way we evangelise. Good evangelism needs to be birthed from prayer, sowing, witnessing and showing love. There is so much more to evangelism than just wham-bam gospel in your face and expect people to accept Christ. In this day and age of subjective truth, no one really cares for what we believe in if it doesn’t mean anything to them. The only way to break subjective truth is to bring meaning into truth – meta-truth.

Meta-truth is a kinda of quality in the statement you are making; it is the thing that makes the truth matter. “Jesus is God” has no meaning to an unbeliever but is filled with meaning to a believer, because that statement (generally) matters much more to a believer than an unbeliever. At the same time, a statement like that might matter very much to a militant atheist/agnostic like Richard Dawkins, who is strongly against the Judeo-Christian belief. We need to make the gospel matter (in the right way) before we present it, not by hellfire and brimstone preaching but with love.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
Francis of Assisi

In the same way that we care much about how our close friends share our perspectives/opinions but couldn’t care less about a stranger’s perspectives/opinions, we can affect how our truths are viewed by others. The truth of Christ in us means nothing to others if we mean nothing to others. It is not our place to convict, but I believe we can play a part.

If we want to see our friends saved, we need to mean something to them as they mean something to us. I have often heard of families who have come to Christ after seeing a change in a family member’s attitude, behaviour or character after receiving Christ. That family member has made Christ mean something to the rest of the family. To the other family members, Christ once meant nothing, now carried the power to transform and improve. There is a certain quality to the truth of Christ.

We are preaching the gospel at all times, in every deed and action to each and every person, we are forming in their heads a picture of Christ. Lets make it matter even before the gospel is presented.

THE WORLD’S BIBLE

Christ has no hands but our hands
to do His work today.
He has no feet but our feet
to lead men in His way.
He has no tongue but our tongues
to tell men how He died.
He has no help but our help
to bring them to His side.

We are the only Bible
the careless world will read.
We are the sinner’s Gospel;
we are the scoffer’s creed.

We are the Lord’s last message
given in deed and word.
What if the type is crooked?
What if the print is blurred?

What if our hands are busy
with other work than His?
What if our feet are walking
where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongues are speaking
of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him
and hasten His return?

To hasten our Lord’s return
we truly need much power.
So let us all be Spirit-filled,
and awaiting Him each hour.

In an hour that we think not,
He said He should appear;
Then let us walk in holiness,
And meet Him with a cheer.

By A.J.F. and A.O.S.

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