Once we are changed by the radical power of the gospel, we get to enjoy the after party of His glory!
Luke 3:16 (ESV) explains this: “John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” I remember when I was saved from satanism, drugs and suicide and filled with fire and power – power from on High. God so radically filled me that I went into the slums of Haiti and just laughed when I had machetes held to my neck. Instead of retreating in fear, God imparted His grace to boldly declare to those slum lords so that they would know who their Daddy is!
I often see the following problem among many pre-believers and believers alike: When someone doesn’t know who their daddy is, they are an orphan.
We need the fire so that we can announce, “Who’s your daddy!?” But there are times when we don’t even have to say anything! Acts 10: 44-48 relates the story of believers seeking the power of the Holy Spirit after they saw a demonstration of power through Peter.
When we understand our identity as sons and daughters of the living God, we get connected to the heart of God. Suddenly, this passion springs up within us to go to others and help them unwrap this free gift. That’s what evangelism is. In fact, let me help you unwrap this now.
It’s a gift.
It’s for you.
You’ve been adopted.
And you know what? When the presence of God shows up, things change. People change. Habits change. Situations change.
When His holiness inhabits us, it kicks out old habits. You don’t have the responsibility of changing anyone; just introduce them to the One who brings change!
Training in evangelism can be powerful. Even so, you can have all the evangelism training that you want, learn creative methods, memorize scripts, attend schooling… but if you aren’t serving someone else in love, you are not walking in true freedom. Learning to pull on the compassion of Jesus and release His love to others around us is a challenge for all of us, myself included.
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
You are not compelling men by the use of fear and religious bondage, but by the Spirit of Sonship Himself!
You are an agent of adoption. You are an agent of ADOPTION. Repeat this to yourself: “I am an agent of adoption.”
See, now that you’re free, you learn to walk after Him in a whole new level of boldness, confidence and authority. When you walk in freedom, you preach the Gospel to the world. Your life truly demonstrates to the world that true freedom exists!
Freedom and truth are intricately intertwined. You can’t have freedom without truth as it says in John 8: 32 – “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
Here is a key to effectively communicating the Gospel: We need to ensure that we recognize Christ in everyone we meet – without forcing them to choose to participate in His divine nature as they have all been offered (2 Peter 1). They will choose to participate when they see the demonstration of God’s love and power in us!
So let me answer a couple of questions and give you the good news and then more good news:
Does that mean I have to love everybody? Yes.
That’s called following Jesus.
Does that mean I have to be everybody’s best friend?
No. That’s called knowing how to set boundaries and learning how to not be a people pleaser.
We no longer view humanity as we used to – carnally with the mind of the flesh – but instead, we view others as heirs and sharing in His divinity because of the blood of Jesus.
John 1:11-13 tells us: “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
When you come alongside somebody and share Jesus with them, He will change their loyalty from darkness to light. It’s going to cause them to come to a crossroad when they look at their own efforts and look at Christ’s completed effort on the cross. They will ask, “Do I want to try to do this myself, or do I want to rest in what’s already been done?”
You name it, we’ve seen God dramatically change people when they realize this – gang members, slum lords, satanists, Muslims – the person’s background doesn’t matter when God overwhelms them with His love.
In all of this, signs and wonders will follow. What are signs and wonders? They are simply supernatural confirmations in your ministry that point others to Jesus.
God has such a passion for the race that bears His image that His great mystery of the ages is none other than Christ in us. Col. 1:26-27 puts it like this: “The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
People are seeking life – a life with meaning and purpose. As we walk in His glory, we can release that life to everyone we meet! His power, promise and glory!