Do The Work Of An Evangelist
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4:11 (NKJV)
We are looking at a devotional series titled, Responsibilities of A Christian, where we are breaking down 2 Timothy 4:5, which lay’s out four responsibilities for every Christian man and woman. So far we have looked at our first two responsibilities, which are:
1. We must be watchful in all things.
2. We must endure afflictions.
Let’s look at the third christian responsibility contained within this Scripture.
3. We must do the work of an evangelist.
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist... 2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)
Q: What is the work of an evangelist?
Doing the work of an evangelist is to help unbelievers become aware of their sinfulness and their being lost because of sin in their lives (Rom 3:23). We must point them to the only One who can redeem them from being lost, and who is the only way by which they must be saved (Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:24-26; John 14:6).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)
I remember when I first started to share the Gospel message with others; I would talk myself blue in the face trying to convince them they needed Jesus. I think some of them said okay just to get me to shut up. Some may have prayed with me to add a little Christian fire insurance – wanting to make sure they were okay with God, but they really didn’t want to change their way of living.
Let me just say this; having enthusiasm when sharing the Gospel message is great, but it is important we don’t manipulate people into saying they believe, or into saying a prayer to be saved. When we do this, we may be hindering them because their belief must be genuine and sincere.
Another thing we should know about this verse in 2 Timothy is, it isn’t telling us to become an evangelist, but to do the work of an evangelist. I should be willing to help a person by dressing their wounds when they are injured, but this does not mean I am required to be a doctor by profession. It is the same way with evangelism—we are all called to evangelize but we will not all become evangelists by trade. God wants to use ordinary people to share the Gospel message (The Good News) of Jesus Christ.
We should remember; there are many people who have never gone to church, and would never have otherwise heard the message of salvation, had it not been except for a faithful, responsible Christian sharing with them.
When we are faithful and obedient to God in our Christian walk – seeking to do His will, He will be faithful to bring people to us in our day-to-day activities, giving us many opportunities to share Jesus. What a blessing it is to us as well, after all, we get to tell the greatest story of all time about God with others.
I want to encourage you to share Jesus with someone today. You are not responsible for other people’s decisions — they are. What you are responsible for is being obedient to God and for sharing the Good News about Jesus. Make it your goal today to allow God to bring someone into your life who needs to hear this message. Now choose to be responsible in sharing it.
STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus’ words as recorded in John 14:6, how many ways are there to God?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be responsible in doing the work of an evangelist?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer today, asking Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and to enable you to speak boldly in love when sharing with others.
MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for saving me. Thank You for choosing me and for using me in the lives of other’s. Thank You for Your empowerment of Your Holy Spirit within my life. Fill me today and allow me to be used by You in sharing the message of the Cross. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
Be blessed, Pastor Scott