Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Great Commission

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

8th August 2010

I think we are all aware that the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 are called by Christians ‘The Great Commission’:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Evangelism then must be a key part of the life of any church or individual Christian.

Now while you can’t position evangelism into a ‘seven point programme’ for success there are some characteristics that would be invaluable for us to adopt in our evangelistic efforts:

  • Be people of prayer. Only God can convict and convert, so be totally dependent upon Him in prayer.
  • Our theology must compel us to evangelise. We must believe in the urgency of the gospel message. We must believe that Christ is the only way of salvation and that this world desperately needs to hear this message.
  • We must spend time in the Word. The more time we spend in the Bible, the more we are likely to see the great need of humanity and the love of God in sending Christ to save those who are lost.
  • We must be compassionate people. Our heart must break for those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We need to learn how to love the world by becoming more like Christ who has the greatest love for the world.
  • We must love the communities where God has placed us. We have to have the desire for the light of Christ to shine through us in our communities.
  • We have to be intentional about evangelism. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel. Look for those opportunities. See many so-called casual encounters as appointments set by God.

There you are, as promised, it’s not a ‘seven point programme’ for evangelism.

Let’s be passionate for evangelism to ensure that the ‘Great Commission’ doesn’t become the great omission.

Have a good week evangelising.

Pastor Barry

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