Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 10:16 which reads: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible: “Jesus freely, and honestly, admits His disciples will face persecution, and because they are to have no armies behind them, He sends them as sheep in the midst of wolves. Despite their vulnerable position, Jesus’ followers are not to defend themselves with worldly forms of power. They are to remain harmless as doves, though wise as serpents.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Luis Palau. He said: “Evangelism is not an option for the Christian life.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 60 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Incarnational Living
Here are some principles of incarnational living:
1. Incarnational Living Is an Expression of Our New Birth. Because we are reborn as Christians into the image of Christ and have become genuine members of His family, we are given a new nature. The new nature, which is our spiritual DNA, is the nature of Christ being revealed through our new desires and attitudes. This expression of our spiritual DNA is especially true when it comes to evangelism and the desire to reach the unsaved. God’s desire is that all men come to Him in a personal relationship. Therefore, we should also desire to be used of God in this process. In other words, there should always be a family resemblance between Christ and His children!
2. Christ Followers Should Be the Incarnation of the Gospel They Proclaim. Steve Sjogren, author of Conspiracy of Kindness, in speaking of our approach to lost people poses the question, “How do you see them?” He responds by presenting several ineffective ways Christians may view and respond to lost people.
Evade – Many Christians willfully choose to evade the unsaved. This is a deceptive response. If Christians never encounter unsaved people, they feel little responsibility for a person’s eternal condition. This appears to be the most popular approach.
Pervade – Armed with an oversized Bible and the proverbial soapbox, these individuals prefer the message of condemnation over compassion. As a result, healthy dialogue is usually sacrificed on the altar of legalistic dogmatism.
Masquerade – Many so called believers masquerade as Christians with little understanding of how their hypocritical behavior damages the kingdom of God. People will not believe the truth of Christ until that same truth is accurately demonstrated through the lives of genuine believers.
Lemonade – In a day of tolerance and pluralism, a growing number of church people are choosing to use the lemonade approach. That is, do not speak about personal sin or the exclusivity of Christ in salvation for fear of offending someone. Just keep everything sweet and refreshing, kind of like a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day.
Invade – Sjogren’s solution is to “invade” society through incarnational living. This combines intentional personal evangelism with the genuine spirit of a Christlike servant. As incarnations of the gospel, we become Christ’s hands and feet, thus wrapping our faith in the flesh of daily living.
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Incarnational Living.