There is a lot of turmoil in the world, and a lot of people are lost and hurting, but there’s a means to cure it all: The Word of God. Understandably, evangelism doesn’t come naturally to all believers, but it’s more important today than ever before that Christians raise their voices and share the Good News with those who are lost without Christ—and there are a lot of them.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths, as well as those who describe themselves as “religiously unaffiliated,” have risen, while the percentage of Christian believers has dropped. Furthermore, missiologist Todd M. Johnson found that about 20 percent of non-
Christians in the United States and Canada (approximately 13.5 million people) don’t “personally know” any Christians.
We must, therefore, be compelled to share the Gospel to show the lost the way to salvation through Jesus. God does not want anyone to be separated from Him and rejoices when the lost are found. But although shepherding the lost to God is a powerful enough reason to share the gospel, it’s not the only reason. If you’re still looking for the courage and conviction to spread the Word, you can draw strength from these reasons to evangelize.
1. Heal and Unite America as Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Social media is the voice of the masses, and it’s abuzz with disillusionment, discouragement, and hopelessness. Take 2016’s presidential election for instance; there was a tremendous amount of turmoil and unrest that accompanied it. Regardless of which political party you associate with, you will likely agree that the country is still reeling and more polarized today than it has been in recent memory. People have lost hope. Committed followers of Christ know that the ultimate answer to our country’s problems is not in a political figurehead but in Jesus.
We have the formula to an abundant, hope-filledlife. We must share with the world that Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10). Trusting in Christ alone prepares us for the future. Those who give themselves to Jesus can fully rest in His promises, knowing that no matter what the future holds, He is sovereign and has our best interests at heart. Jesus is the divine healer and the Light of the world. It is in Christ that hope is renewed.
2. Get Closer to God Yourself
God desires a relationship with everyone, and spreading the Gospel is one way to extend His Kingdom, but sharing your faith also deepens your own relationship with God. First of all, the best way to share the Word of God with conviction is to make sure that you truly understand it yourself. This will require dedication and commitment to studying the Bible and talking about the Gospel with fellow believers who can help deepen your understanding of His Word.
Sharing the Gospel will also bring you closer to God since He will be ever present on your mind and in your heart. When you commit to spreading His Word and making disciples wherever you go, you will naturally think about God more often, which means you’ll talk to Him more often, give Him thanks more often, and generally experience the uplifting power of the Holy Spirit more often.
3. Shed the Light of Jesus on a Dark World
Devastation around the world has become commonplace. The world is constantly affronted by the evil that accompanies the darkness of sin. People are displaced, tragically driven from their homes by war and famine. Refugee children die horrific deaths. Terrorist attacks threaten our everyday way of life. The world is dark and desperately needs to hear the Good News.
A large number of people who experience the darkness of the world are representative of those whom Jesus speaks of as “the least of these brothers of Mine” (Matthew 25:40). These brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering greatly. The darkness of sin is blinding, but the good news of the Gospel can slice through the darkness, opening the eyes of the blind and the hard-hearted who have never known a love as powerful or transformative as the love of Christ.
Sharing the Gospel can soften hard hearts and heal the wounds of the world. We live in dark times, but the Word is the great shining light of hope and love that has the power to transform the world.
4. Jesus Commands Us to Spread the Gospel
If you really need a reason to spread the Gospel, there’s none more compelling than the fact that Jesus commands all believers to tell all the world the Good News.
Before returning to Heaven, Jesus told His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Scholars dubbed this command as The Great Commission, and so it is today. Our essential function as believers and followers of Christ is to further His Kingdom. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), but “how shall they believe in Him of whom they’ve not heard, and how can they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).
We all play a crucial role in the battle for lost hearts. If you want to help get the Word to the millions of people who don’t know Jesus Christ, consider a financial gift to Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO). The North American Mission Board (NAMB) uses offering funds to equip missionaries and church planters to reach the unreached in North America.
Give online or call toll-free at 800-634-2462 to learn more about NAMB’s mission to spread the Good News.