Jesus came to redeem sinners and in Matthew 28 we see God’s heart for wanting to see all people come to know truth. This has come to be known as the Great Commission and it includes a promise of God being with all who follow through on this call.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Unfortunately, most believers never share the Gospel or their faith with anyone. A growing percentage of Christians now say it is the local churches job to evangelize. Even more discouraging is how younger Christians are increasingly saying that sharing the Gospel and participating in evangelism is inappropriate.
When you combine these unfortunate cultural realities with the spiritual challenges of sharing the Gospel today, we start to understand why the need is great, but the workers are few. The enemy also has a long history of discouraging and deceiving believers into thinking they should not share their faith. Satan wants you to believe:
- You need to go to seminary first
- You must have memorized the Bible
- You need to know the answer to every possible question
- Your story of coming to faith is not dramatic enough
- Your Christian walk is less than perfect so you should not be the one sharing
We do not pretend sharing the Gospel is easy, but every believer can do it if they try. The truth is we do not need formal training in seminary. Your story is unique to you and cannot be discounted by anyone else. You do not need to memorize the Bible first or know the answer to every question. You just need to be willing to have a conversation.
We should all find peace in knowing that God is in control of others salvation but wants to use us in the process. And He can only use us if we answer the call. One of the beautiful aspects of online evangelism is the seekers come to us. You don’t have to go somewhere and approach a stranger. You do not even have to look them in the eyes. You simply need to meet them, listen well, love them, and share the biblical truth of how much Jesus loves them.
Think about sitting on a bus and a stranger takes the seat next to you. After a few moments of sitting next to one another, you realize this stranger is quietly crying. You wait but the crying continues. What would you do?
Most believers would ask if their seat mate were ok. They would listen as this person shares what is weighing on their spirit and they would talk about shared experiences. This is how most conversations start online. Two people talking about life with one sharing how Jesus changes everything.
We have volunteers from 18-91 years old making the time to get online and meet others with the Good News. If you are wondering whether you can do this then we encourage you to visit https://needhim.org/get-involved/#volunteer to learn more about how you can take the first step in sharing your faith.