THURSDAY, APRIL 11
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Luke 10:2-3 (NIV)
FAITH THAT SAVES IS AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE MISSION
There is a story about two missionaries who were going door to door. They knocked on the door of one woman who was not happy to see them. She told them in no uncertain terms that she did not want to hear their message and slammed the door in their faces. To her surprise, however, the door did not close and, in fact, almost magically bounced back open. She tried again, really putting her back into it and slammed the door again with the same amazing results-the door bounced back open. Convinced that one of the missionaries was sticking their foot in the door, she reared back to give it a third slam. She felt this would really teach them a lesson. But before she could act, one of them stopped her and politely said, “Ma’am, before you do that again, you really should move your cat.”
God’s invitation for us to go and make disciples isn’t necessarily an invitation to go door to door inviting people to become Christians. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples.” Jesus’ words could literally be translated “as you go make disciples.” The disciple making process should be a part of our daily lives and daily routines because we ourselves are disciples of Christ.
The word evangelism means to announce good news. If a friend called today and said, “Hey I have some good news. I’ve got two first class tickets for an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii and I want to invite you to come with me!” That would be a type of evangelism. Christian evangelism is inviting people to the good news of an eternal relationship with God through faith in Jesus. When’s the last time you shared any type of good news with someone other than the christian gospel? Was it hard to share? Why did you share it with them? How can telling people about Jesus be shared with the same effort, excitement and purpose as the other good news that we share?