The Evangelism Waiting Game / by Patrick Stoll

What gives me the right? I struggle with this question a lot. Who am I to do this? I really feel I am a natural born leader, it’s just in my nature to want to lead. But I struggle with feeling like I deserve to be. Who am I to tell people what is right or wrong?  I want to be one hundred percent sure of myself before I ever take any steps in leadership or I just want someone to come out and ask me to take the lead.
 
This can be good, but generally I’m finding in ministry this is bad. What I do is constantly tell myself that it’s not my place.
 
Currently my husband and I are raising support to be on staff with Master Plan Ministries and we have had a heart to reach out on college campuses for Christ for a long long time, but still I don’t know where I fit into the authority piece.
 
Who am I to just jump out there and tell people about Christ? Do I have the training? Do I have all the facts?
 
While I can justify all these questions I ask myself, the only true answer is heck yes! I not only should do that, but God has commanded me to! The great commission is simple and complex at the same time.
 
“18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
- Matthew 28:18-20
 
 It’s not about if we feel we’re in the right place, God has called us to share his news to the world. How are we going to doubt God’s call for us?
 
He doesn’t say, “go out and tell people about me once you feel comfortable,” He says that he alone has the authority and He calls us to go out.
 
He doesn’t call the prepared, the equipped, or the most prestigious; he calls the children of God.
 
When we stop spreading the good news, we are saying it’s not important or I’m not important but God has said you are worthy to deliver the news because he is worthy.
 
I think it’s easy to wait until we are in a place where people ask us or we feel we have some authority. Even as a veteran student leader on our ministry team I always had it in the back of my mind that I would wait until I was on staff to evangelize. Then it became, “Well now I’ll wait until I’m fully supported and on campus” And I know that would turn into, “well once I’ve gotten some time under my belt I will evangelize”. But no! God calls all those who believe in him to share his word.
 
God wants us to tell people about Christ not for our benefit but for His glory; the glory so powerful that was all get to be a part of it. Anything less than that is not allowing God full power in our life. God is bigger than our self-doubt, bigger than our awkwardness, and bigger than anything else that would keep us from sharing him with others.  Multiple times in the Bible God calls us to share the Gospel, because if we truly believe this is the best news, why do we keep it to ourselves? No one has ever died from awkwardness.
 
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” –Acts 20:24

 

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