Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

An Email to my Fellow Evangelists

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
 
I am grateful to God for each and every one of you.  It has been so amazing going out to Bardstown week after week and taking the gospel of Christ and Him crucified to people who, like us, so desperately need it!  It is so comforting walking down the street, looking for people to talk to, and seeing others in our group boldly proclaiming the gospel to those to whom it is foolishness.  It is even more comforting to be in such a conversation and see you guys walk by us, knowing that you are praying for God’s blessing on our conversations as you pass by.
 
While evangelism is not the most important part of our Christian lives, it should be very important nonetheless.  I hope and pray that you are all fighting sin and pursuing righteousness, knowing that sin never follows through on its empty promises.  Just as the serpent lied to Eve, telling her that she would not die and she would be “like God” if she ate of the forbidden fruit, he lies to us the same way.  As he tempts us with the various forbidden fruits of sin, he whispers in our ears that we will not die and that we should follow our own rules, rather than God’s- thereby tempting us with the promise to become “like God.”  Sin is never as good in the end as it looks in the beginning.  Sin is always deceptive.  Sin always looks sweet but tastes bitter, and is never ultimately satisfying.
 
Conversely, the fruit of righteousness is always sweet and satisfying.  Although it may sometimes appear bitter to bite the fruit of the kingdom of God and His righteousness, it is always sweeter than we could imagine.  The best way to satisfy all of our desires is the way that God commands us to.  He is God and we should obey Him even if this were not the case, but His law is delightful because both the pursuit of righteousness and the blessed pleasures at His right hand are the only real satisfaction and joy that this world has to offer.  Brothers and sisters, fight sin and pursue righteousness!
 
My desire is that we would not sin.  But, the reality is that we are sinners and we do sin.  In our war with sin and pursuit of righteousness, may we also be fervent in our repentance.  We have a great High Priest, who is able to acquit us of our faults, keep us from presumptuous sins, and both declare and make us blameless before God.  May we, like King David, cry out to the God of our righteousness when we stumble.  Christ, whose righteousness is available to all who believe in and submit to Him, is faithful to forgive us of our sins.  Our sins are as far from us as is the east from the west because Jesus paid our penalty and died in our stead.  What a glorious gospel, by which Christ takes His rebellious enemies and makes them His friends!
 
For, “surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried… He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening of our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed… the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him… by His knowledge the Righteous One, [God’s] Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.”  -Isaiah 53:4,5,6, 11
 
But, as I’ve said, evangelism is important.  I wanted to send this email to encourage any who might be down on the Friday night evangelism in general, or specifically in their evangelistic abilities.  I have talked to a couple of guys who feel incompetent as evangelists.  I think that is great!  I think that if you feel competent (in yourself) as an evangelist, then you need to take a closer look.  The last things that we should put our trust in when we go out is ourselves and our own abilities.  Our desire is to see souls saved for the glory of God!  And we are utterly incompetent for that task.  We can make arguments and we can share things that are convincing or compelling for us, but we cannot bring about salvation. 
 
We utterly depend on the Word of God, His gospel, and His Spirit to do what we cannot do- draw those to Christ who cannot come on their own (John 6:44), give them life (John 5:21), and cause them to be born again (John 3:8).
 
I have been disappointed at times after our Friday night evangelism, as I think some of you have.  In the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about my own conversion, and it has been comforting.    In my own conversion, conversations with my brother played a huge part.  But, they did not have much of an effect while we were talking.  As we were talking, I was not heeding his words as much as I was defending my beliefs and defying his.  However, the effects of his efforts came about later, as I thought about the things he had said.  So, let us hope and pray that, even if we see no immediate results, the Lord will use our conversations to draw sinners to Himself. 
 
Also, I think that my expectations as we went out were too high, and I think I was putting too much of a burden on myself.  Let us take the burden from ourselves and cast it upon Christ.  He sustains all things by the power of His word, and we need Him to send His Spirit.  Let us trust in Him and be faithful to His word, which will not come back void, and to His gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.
 
If you are leaving town for fall break as soon as you’re done with classes this week, I understand.  If not, for the joy before us, let us meet together at Dillard Chapel at 7:30 on Friday night for the blessed opportunity to be witnesses of Christ and Him crucified!
 
May the Lord bless and keep you,
David

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September 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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