Before ascending, Jesus leaves his disciples with a few final instructions, which have become widely known collectively as The Great Commission. This conversation occurs in Matthew 28:18-20. The Great Commission has developed into the theological basis for the concept of evangelism. I don’t know about you, but I grew up in evangelical churches which constantly made me question if I was “sharing the gospel” with enough of my friends every week.
I began attending college and joined various campus ministries which had the same mentality. Regularly, they would equip us with tracts like the Four Spiritual Laws and send us out on campus; only to have us to return and report the results.
One instance, I was paired with a new believer. We went through the routine of starting the conversation, only to pull out the outdated booklet. I met a girl who began to tell us her life story. The young guy with me kept trying to direct the conversation back to the “Four Spiritual Laws.” She responded that she had seen it before, and he continued to cut her off to explain how good God is.
Then it hit me.
No one has taken the time to listen to this girl.
She was seriously hurting. A huge part of the pain dealt her was in fact, by the church. So I proceeded to cut off the over excited young man to listen to what she had to say before we continued to shove religion down her throat. As much as that moment hurt to see what the church has done, what followed hurt even more.
At the end of the day, we only conversed with that one girl. I was the one who had the conversation, really. My partner simply observed. That was the only report we had at our ministry debriefing. I did not know this until later, but my partner felt like a failure. It was as if he hadn’t committed his duty. As he drove on the highway that day, he seriously contemplated committing suicide.
Thankfully he didn’t. But what have we come to if we feel guilty for not “sharing the gospel” in the way we should?
I am so sick of “evangelism”
Confining God’s love to Four Spiritual Laws
Pedalling gospel tracts as any other cause
Chunking seed all around just to pull in the numbers
Leading people in prayer to abandon them without disciplers
I am not an evangelist. I definitely believe that some people are designed that way. We are all gifted in different ways and function differently like parts of a body. What were Jesus words in The Great Commission? “Make disciples of all nations.”
I found myself relating to someone the other day about God. Then a realization hit me. Am I actually sharing the gospel? Making disciples was given a specific definition to me in my church experience. But I realize that making disciples may look different to each of us. And when we become the gospel, it naturally flows out of us without a works-based mentality.
What does that mean to you? What is your specific calling according to the way He made You? God, reveal the mysteries of your will, through Holy Spirit. May our eyes be enlightened to see the hope of Your calling, that we may function according to our giftings from you. Amen.