Why is it important for Christians to evangelize? There are so many Christians around the world and there are so many churches that exist today yet very few Christians actually go out and evangelize.
Evangelism is basically the presentation or communication of the Good News or the gospel of Jesus Christ to an individual or people.
Evangelizing is not only for the pastor or church leaders, but every Christian is mandated or commissioned to evangelize. Therefore if you are born again, God expects you to share the gospel of Christ to others especially to unbelievers / non-christians.
Matthew 28:18-20 says – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Below are 6 Biblical reasons as to why we as Christians should evangelize or witness
WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?
- God Is Not Willing That Anyone Should Perish
2 Peter 3:9 NKJV – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
It’s not the desire of God that people should perish in hell for eternity, but God desires that the gospel of Christ be spread and shared to all mankind with the hope that people may come to a saving knowledge and relationship with God through Christ.
QUESTION: Do you know a person or people in your life who are not Christians? Are you aware that God does not want them to perish in hell? Make it a goal in your life to present the gospel of Christ to them and speak to them about the word of God.
- We Have A Mandate To Evangelize
2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV – But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Remember that evangelizing is simply the sharing of the gospel especially to unbelievers. Your pastor or church leader cannot reach every soul. Therefore every Christian is expected by God to play his/her part in reaching to the lost and helping the lost to come to salvation through Christ.
QUESTION: Are you doing the work of an evangelist?
- How Can People Know / Believe Unless The Gospel Is Preached
Romans 10:14-15 NKJV – How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The scriptures say that he/she who evangelizes / shares the gospel has beautiful feet.
If we do not share the gospel nor have a desire to share it with others, we are being selfish as Christians. The gospel is about getting people saved from the fires of hell and getting people reconciled with God through Christ.
I once read a picture image on one of the social media platforms that said the following: REAL FRIENDS DO NOT LET OTHER FRIENDS GO TO HELL.
Do you have a friend in your life whom you have never share the gospel with? Do you have a member of your family who doesn’t even know that you’re a Christian?
Romans 10:14,15 says how can people know what the gospel is all about unless somebody speaks to them about it – and how shall they hear the gospel unless somebody is willing & bold enough to share it?
QUESTION: Are you willing to share and evangelize? Are you willing to find the strength through Christ to be bold and share the gospel to others?
- Jesus Preached Repentance & Died For Sinners
Matthew 4:17 NKJV – From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Luke 5:31-32 NKJV – Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Repentance is an important part of the gospel. We cannot become born again without repenting. To repent means to change your mind or to go in a new direction. The reason why we should evangelize is because Jesus Himself evangelized. Jesus preached to sinners and He died for sinners so that they may repent.
Therefore the reason why we evangelize is so that we help people to repent from sinful living so that they may live for Christ and not for themselves.
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and share the gospel with sinners? Do you know that Jesus died for the worst kind of people on this planet?
- We Should Extend The Same Grace Given To Us
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another reason why we should evangelize is because grace is also an important part of the Good News / gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are saved by the grace of God and not because of our own goodness or our own righteousness. We are saved because of the work of Christ and NOT because of our own merit “lest anyone should boast”.
Therefore when we share the gospel of Christ especially to unbelievers or non-christians, it’s important for us to emphasize the grace of God and that this grace is offered to all mankind irrespective of their sins or how bad they think they are.
It’s also important to emphasize that salvation and eternal life is a free gift through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and explain about the grace and free gift of eternal life that God offers to all of mankind?
- The Harvest Is Plenty But The Laborers Are Few
Luke 10:2 NKJV – Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Christ tells us that there is a big harvest of unbelievers who need to repent and who need to hear the gospel so that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Another reason why we need to evangelize is because there are very few “laborers” or Christians who are willing to evangelize. Despite an abundance of churches and Christians, there is a very small ratio of people willing to evangelize.
Therefore Christ encourages to pray for more laborers to evangelize and share the gospel because God is no willing for anyone to perish.
QUESTION: Are you aware that the harvest is great? Are you willing to be one of the laborers?
- Because We Love God & We Love Our Neighbour
Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV – Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
If we love God and if we truly love our neighbour then we will be motivated to evangelize. If our neighbor is not a Christian we must be motivated by love to speak the gospel because we do not desire to see anybody perish in hell just as God Himself does not desire to see anyone perish.
God was motivated by love so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that if whosever believes in Him shall not perish (John 3:16). Therefore let love be our motivator.
QUESTION: Are you motivated by love of your neighbor – even if he is a stranger – to speak to him/her about the gospel of Jesus Christ?
So why should we evangelize? It’s the will of God and it’s for His glory.