Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is James 1:27 which reads: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
A real walk with God shows itself in simple, practical ways. It helps the needy, and keeps itself unstained by the world’s corruption.
There is a great deal of pure and undefiled religion in the sight of man that is not pure and undefiled religion before God.
From the book of Genesis, Lot is an example of a man who was spotted by the world. He started living towards Sodom, disregarding the spiritual climate of the area because of the prosperity of the area. Eventually he moved to the wicked city and became a part of the city’s leadership. The end result was that Lot lost everything – and was saved as by the skin of his teeth.
Our soul winning quote today is from Edward Welch. He said: “The path of God’s love is a path that leaves us overflowing. Our cup cannot contain what God bestows on us. It is only natural, then, that the comfort we received from Christ will overflow into the lives of other people. Our goal is to love people more than need them. We are overflowing pitchers, not leaky cups.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 57 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Hanging Out With a Purpose
3. Be Available to Seize Divine Moments
You never know when a divine moment is about to occur. They key is to be available and willing to respond. A good example is recorded in John 6:1-14 when Jesus fed 5,000 men. While the disciples wanted to send the multitudes home for lack of food, Jesus wanted to teach the disciples how to seize divine moments. The Bible says that He tested the disciples to see how they would respond. Sadly the disciple were predictable and saw the opportunity as insurmountable. Jesus took a few loaves and fishes from a young boy, multiplied them, and fed the massive crowd with “twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.” Availability is the key to seizing divine moments.
4. Be Prepared to Respond to Ministry Opportunities
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” In other words, if you intentionally begin to hang out looking for evangelistic opportunities, you must be well prepared to handle the Word of God effectively and present the gospel. The Bible teaches that a workman must count the cost before pursuing a direction in life or ministry. For instance, if you are targeting a heavily Muslim or Mormon area in which to minister, know what they believe. More importantly, know what you believe and be able to communicate it clearly.
5. Be Bold with the Message of Christ
It is one thing to be prepared to share Christ; it is something totally different when the opportunity arises. You must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and bold in your response. This does not mean you need to be overly aggressive, brash, or pushy, but rather deliberate, sensitive, and consistent with the gospel message. The key is not to pounce on unsuspecting people. The key is to be obedient and intentional when people open the spiritual door to their lives. When this occurs, be bold and share your spiritual story, then point the person to the cross.
How You Can Do It
You can turn any activity into an evangelistic ministry. Make a list of activities you enjoy, anything from sports to crafts. Imagine how God could use that hobby or interest to exalt His kingdom.
Begin to hang out in places and with people who have the same interests. Ask God to give you a vision for how He can use it. Be intentional.
When appropriate, ask your church for support. Recruit volunteers while making plans to launch the ministry. The ministry can reach the masses or one person at a time. It all begins with a willingness to surrender everything to Christ.
In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…Incarnational Living.