Written by: Isaiah Gaynier, age 15
“As for YOU, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:5
Do the work of an evangelist. Why is the call to preach the Gospel a commandment that is often overlooked? Why is it that not many in the Church “do the work of an evangelist” and obey this command to preach the gospel? As Ray Comfort, a respected Christian leader has said, only 2% of Christians actually share their faith. Only two percent! Why is that? Do we not care for the eternal souls of the world? Why, as a Church, do we choose disobedience toward the One who has given us life; the One who has given us salvation through Christ? Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we must! We must obey the calling to be an evangelist and preach the gospel to the nations with boldness! This is what truly matters and what has eternal value in life: the souls of every human being. Do we not want to share this wonderful gift we have? Why keep it to ourselves? Think of this illustration.
A blind man walks down a straight path which leads to a 500-foot cliff. Death. The man either has no knowledge of this danger or does not take the cliff seriously due to what the world has told him of this so-called “cliff.’ The whole time, another man is sitting on a pasture of grass eating his salad, watching the blind man walk to death and does nothing to save the man. Ultimately, the blind man meets his fate over the cliff.
How evil of the man to allow this blind man to die! That is how we think, right? Friends, this is literally what the Church is doing. Some may say this is taking extreme measures but nonetheless, it is true. The Church sits eating their salads while watching the blind man walk towards death. We must always be ready to share the faith and we must always be looking for opportunities to witness because this is what ultimately matters and we are commanded to do so by the one who has created heaven and earth and given us life and assurance in Christ Jesus. Proclaim Christ with boldness this very day.
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7