Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free

Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Other People Free

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 4 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 3, "Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus".

A third reason to evangelize is that we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom. If we are truly grieved by the bondage, abuse and exploitation the enemy subjects his victims to, we will cry out for justice. Jesus was very passionate about the salvation of man through His birth, life, death, and resurrection. It was for our freedom He came and set us free. We should share this same passion to see the lost set free and experience the same redeeming power that we have experienced though Christ.

Galatians 5:1 (NASB) – “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 ( NIV) – “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives  and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor  and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

We would have all died in our sin without Christ, but the Lord revealed Himself to each of us at just the right time. I personally believe that one of the greatest demonstrations of love is telling someone the truth of God’s Word. I was 13 years of age when I gave my heart to Jesus during a youth service. I grew up in a tumultuous environment and I knew I needed truth in my life. I accepted Jesus at a very young age and my life has never been the same. Jesus is the Word and the Word is truth! The truth is WHO I experienced, and it was not a minute too soon.

John 17:17 (NASB) - "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

John 1:1 (KJV) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:14 (KJV) – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 8:32 (KJV) - “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”

John 14:6 (NLT) - “Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

My childhood encounter with Jesus ignited a passion in me tell all my unsaved family, neighbors, and friends how they too might be free. I began speaking about Jesus to my siblings and they accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my neighbors and several of them accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my friends at school and many of them accepted the Lord, including my best friend. Then, a small group of my friends and I started an afterschool bible study were many more of our peers found freedom. God even gave me the privilege of sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with my high school graduating class and many more were impacted by the testimony of His freedom and love.

Though I was very eager to share the truth of Jesus Christ with everyone I met, not everyone was eager to receive Him. 🙂 As a teenager, I could not understand why some people would accept the truth while others would reject it. I was puzzled by this. As I studied the scriptures, God revealed five principles I needed to remember when interacting with unsaved family, neighbors, and friends.

1. Have compassion.

2. Give the Good News.

3. All soil is not equal.

4. Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics.

5. Pray.

Have compassion. Jesus viewed people through eyes of compassion. We should also view people through eyes of compassion.

Matthew 9:36 (NASB) - “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd”

Give the Good News. The Good News came to us and changed our lives. We should be bold and take the Good News to others so their lives might also be changed.

Colossians 1:16 (NLT) - “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace."

All soil is not equal. Jesus taught that though the sower sows the word, it does not always fall on good soil. In this parable, the soil is man’s heart. We must be aware that the condition of a person's heart determines if the word will be accepted and take root.

Matthew 13:3-9 (NKJV) “Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics. The enemy is real and he has real strategies to hinder people from being able to understand the truth. We should not be ignorant of the enemies schemes to try and prevent the word from being accepted.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) -“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) - “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Finally, remember to pray for yourself and others.

Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV) - For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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