2009-12-04 - The Three M's of Evangelism
The Master's Ministering
...lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen
Disciples are made through teaching, though not with words only, but with the power of the always-present Jesus, who will be present with His people until the end. Isn't that awesome to know that Jesus is always here to help us when we need it. We even have a promise recorded in Hebrews 13:5b " for he [Jesus] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." He will always be with us to aid us, guide us, minister to us. Even though it's true that we serve Him as disciples, it is also true that in this way, he serves us. Amen is from Hebrew meaning "so be it". That's the way it is - and the way it will be.
The Methodical Map
There is a geographic plan for spreading the gospel. It is a carefully crafted plan of attack. To see this, you only have to look over and read Acts 1:8.
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth.
Here we see we are to start locally and work our way out. Charity begins at home, and so too must sharing. Sharing with friends and family is tough, because you can shrug off a stranger, but you see these all the time. But if you don't tell them, you are screaming "Go to Hell!" to each and everyone of them. The prayer of Jabez is popular; it says "enlarge my coast" or "increase my territories." That needs to be our prayer when it comes to evangelism. You and I must work in the territory God has given us, and the increase will come.
The Mighty Message
If you remember, I skipped the first few words of this verse, so now returning to those first few words of Matthew 18.
And Jesus came
John 3:16 tells us God loved us all and sent His Son. And Jesus came. He came, and He died and He rose again. He did it for us; we have all purchased sin after sin on credit. He paid the balance in full, so we would not have to. The price He paid was death. He died for us, so we could live forever. That is the mighty message.
We must admit we are sinners, believe that Jesus, the son of God, came and died for those sins and that he rose again, and confess our sins and beliefs to him or, in other words, pray and tell Him. This is the mighty message, because believing gives us life. John 20:31b tells us " and that believing, ye might have life through his name." Romans 1:16 compels and encourages us, saying, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth; to e the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
For many of us, it may not be the great commission - but the great omission. If you're not telling others, why not? Do you need to get right with God, or maybe this is your first time hearing the Gospel message. If that's the case, don't let the final M's become the missed moment.
A 13-year-old Mongolian inherited land from his father. Through great strategy and awesome fighting ability, he formed fighting bands that conquered village after village. Eventually, he became known as Genghis Khan and ruled over 2 million people. His empire stretched from China to India and from Siberia to the edges of Western Europe. Meanwhile, in Western Europe, a great revival was occurring under the preaching of men like St. Francis of Assisi. At his death, the bulk of Khan's empire went to his grandson, Kublai Khan. He had two Italians in his court named Polo (the father and uncle of Marco) that told him of Christ. Kublai was very interested, and he sent them back to Europe with a request to bring 100 missionaries, saying "When we learn about Christianity, there will be more Christians in my empire than in all Europe."
The Polos returned to Europe to enlist men willing to share the gospel. They begged and pleaded, but only two friars and Marco would follow them back to the Orient. So these five men began their long journey, but the two friars turned back. When the three men arrived in Kublai's realm, Kublai asked "Where are the missionaries?"
No one came. No one cared enough. Despite the great revival going on in Europe, no one was willing to serve the Lord in Asia. Oh eventually, the church did send a small handful of missionaries, but by then it was too late. Can you imagine what the largest Communist nation today would be like if it were the largest Christian nation?
You can dream of worthy accomplishments, or you can stay awake and do them. Now's your chance; come to the Lord, and make your life right with Him.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted