EVANGELISM IS A CALLING
When Jesus calls us to be Christian (to “follow” Him), He calls us to be evangelists (to share the story of Jesus with others). One doesn’t go without the other.
My mate, Adrian, once shared how the gift of evangelism doesn’t come naturally to him (a sentiment I share). He said this in front of our pastor, Allen Steel, who quickly replied, “It’s not your gift, it’s your calling.”
Are you a Christian?
Then, you’re an evangelist.
Interesting words from our Jesus; words that reveal the foundation of evangelism. What do we do when fishing?
That’s it. That’s what evangelism is.
If you spend a few hours in prep, and then you fish, and then you don’t catch anything, what is your attitude towards the sea? Do you think the sea owes you anything because you prepared and came out? Of course not. You say, ‘Well… Didn’t catch any fish today.’
In the same way, God doesn’t owe us a conversion every time we prepare and fish. We must know this. We must know this with evangelism and we must know this with Church. We prepare, we do, and we leave the rest up to God (the Sea).
FISHING IN GROUPS
In theory, fishing in groups equal more fish. It also equals more joy in the process. I don’t care much for fishing but I like going out with friends to fish. There’s a joy there. Jesus wants a joy to be had in evangelism and that comes by fishing in pairs (or more).
Jesus would send His disciples out in two; they help each other, lean on each other. In today’s modern society, with its lack of personal evangelism, this could be what’s missing. Evangelism can be daunting when alone but if prepared and done with others it could be a joy.