In our daily meetings, we try to make the “perfect” impression. We want our encounters to be memorable. We want to make a lasting impression on others. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be our best. Many of us take this need to be perfect and turn it into something it is not. We make perfection our gold standard for a job well done. There are a lot of people who are doing “perfect” things, but it might not be the way they are supposed to do it. God does not look at our efforts to be perfect and say, “I am just glad you are doing something! Keep doing things your own way.” In His loving way, He calls us to be obedient—actually doing what He is asking us. This truth is important in every area of our lives, but especially in evangelism.
There are two groups of people in evangelism: People who try anything on a whim and those who are too afraid to try. Those who are willing to try are not limited to a set of guidelines. They often do not need instructions. They just go for it! Although I try to assemble a book shelf or coffee table without instructions, I am not that free spirited! I find myself in the latter category: Those who want to do things right, but are afraid to make a mistake.
If you are a part of this tribe you:
- Suffer from “analysis paralysis.”
- Even if we know what to do we still ask, “Am I supposed to do things this way?”
- We are afraid of what we “do not know.”
- Since analysis is important in our minds if we do not know the answer, we feel something is wrong.
- We love instructions, but when we do not have a “step-by step guide” we are uneasy.
- We love knowing what to do, but we are nervous about the words “wait” or “listen.” We know we are supposed to share the gospel, but what do we say? How do we start a conversation about God? The unknown makes us afraid.
Our answer is found in Jesus Christ’s example. Jesus believed in the show and tell method of evangelism. He would show the disciples what to do and then He encouraged them to follow His example.
What are some things Jesus did?
- Jesus was sensitive to His Father’s voice
- Jesus spent time in prayer to hear what God had to say.
- Jesus took the instructions He heard from His Father and moved into action.
- He did whatever He was instructed to do. If you suffer from analysis paralysis, you are tempted to follow “part” of God’s instructions. That is disobedience. If God leads you to pray for someone, pray. If God leads you to hug someone, hug them! God knows people better than we do and they will draw closer to Him as we obey Him!
- Jesus did not worry about who listened to or ignored Him
- He stuck to the script and said what He needed to say. This one is my biggest challenge. We must remember God has given people the right to choose. We must share truth, but each person must decide to believe the truth for themselves.
With any process, you must grow. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, He will teach you by way of Holy Spirit. If you are waiting to be perfect in evangelism, you will never share the gospel with anyone. You will be too afraid to.
Are you afraid of evangelism?
What is causing you to be afraid?
Let’s have a conversation and learn how we can be obedient to fulfill the Great Commission together.