I have undertaken a little project during my daily Bible reading: every time that I read about “sharing your faith,” “preaching the gospel,” “teaching the Word,” etc., I underline it and put an “E” next to it, for “Evangelism.” I’m amazed at how often the writers spoke about Jesus, and exhorted their readers to do the same!This morning I read, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 6) It has always been my contention that when we evangelize, we will be more excited about living out the Christian life.
As we mix it up with the unsaved, we get a glimpse of the hopelessnesss, the foolishness, and the utter depravity of a life without God. We have an opportunity to hear them blaspheme, swear unmentionable obscenities, and blurt out profane remarks—just like we used to. All this should cause us to reflect on “every good thing we have in Christ.
We take our faith for granted, forgetting that we too were the wretches the song talks about. We forget how we scoffed at the 10 Commandments and had a total disregard for what the Savior did on our behalf. But when we share our faith, we once again savor the Savior. We remember that we once were lost but now are found. We develop a fuller understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
And that should cause us to want the same for the lost.