Is evangelism optional?
John 12:26 “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father wil honor.”
Everything boils down to this simple reality; whoever serves Jesus, must follow Him where He goes. God honors those who serve Him, not those who talk about serving Him.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Isaiah 45:22 “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Why was Jesus found so often among the sinner and the sick?
Jesus said, “those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17); it was foretold from the beginning that Jesus Christ was anointed by the Spirit of God to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to open the prison door to those who are bound.
Jesus asked “why do you call me Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) How can we call Him Lord, which means “master” or “ruler”, if we do not do what He tells us to do?
Isaiah 40:9 “O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’”
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”
Romans 10:10-17 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Matthew 28:19-20 cf. Mark 16:15 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
Acts 13:47 “For this is what the Lord commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
Not only was it prophesied of Jesus that He would bring good tidings to the world, but of Zion- the Kingdom of God- that would bring such glad tidings to all the world!
In Isaiah’s prophesy he wrote of what a beautiful thing the going for of the gospel into the nations is; the proclamation of the peace, salvation, and reign of God is glorious and beautiful, and God has chosen lowly man to be the vessels of this beautiful gospel!
Therefore, Jesus backs this work by His authority, and commissioned the Church to “go” into all the world!
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
Mark 8:35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
I am not ashamed of the gospel! But I am ashamed of those Christians whose countenance are cast down, and who are overtaken by a spirit of defeatism!
We are not defeated! “In all things we are made more than conquerors through Him who strengthens us!” (Romans 8:37)
Jesus has commissioned this gospel to be preached into all nations everywhere and appointed it to bring life to all who believe! There is nothing anyone can do to stop that- it is the will of God and the word of Christ!
Tribulation and trial on earth certainly will oppose anyone who takes up the gospel, but even persecution and sword cannot stop the gospel, nor can it stop those who believe the promise of Christ that “whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it”!!!
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
A great swelling of compassion moved upon Jesus when He looked at the multitudes of people!
We are talking about following Jesus were He goes here. Jesus was moved to compassion! Will we not follow Him into compassion for the crowds? How can we sit idly by and watch as the crowds gather, some for dissipation, others for lewdness, and all for death?
Will we not be moved with compassion for the crowds that gather on bar streets, and those who gather for “Halloween-fests”; are we not moved with great compassion for the gay parades and those who march to advance the gates of hell, knowing that within us is the Kingdom of God over which the gates of Hell cannot triumph!?
We who serve the Lord ought also to be moved with the same compassion as Christ, just as Paul wrote, “for the love of Christ compels us”, therefore, “knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Cor. 5:11, 14).
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
God certainly searches for a willing heart to send!
Where are the servants of the Lord, moved by His compassion, to “set their hand to the plow and not look back” (Luke 9:62)?
Will you be an ambassador of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)?
Jesus wondered, “will I find faith on the earth when I return” (Luke 18:8); will He find any who trust in His promises of life and deliverance in the face of peril and death to go out to sow and labor in the harvest?
What will He find you doing, if He returns tomorrow, this week, next month, next year, or in this decade? Will you be “busy with your business”, or will you be “busy with your hand to the plow”?
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
Proverbs 24:11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
Daniel 12:3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
2 Cor. 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.