Do you have the gift of evangelism? Put another way, do you find it easy to share what Jesus means to you and encourage those with whom you are sharing to put their trust in Jesus?
If you asked me directly if I had the gift of evangelism I would answer, “I don’t think so.” But that doesn’t excuse me from doing the work of an evangelist. Paul challenged young Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:5, to “do the work of an evangelist.” Maybe Timothy thought he didn’t have the gift of evangelism. He needed encouragement to do it.
Peter told us in his 1st Epistle, 3:15-16, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.”
If you have trusted in Christ for salvation you are a new person. Your life should give evidence that something good has happened to you. Others should see confidence in your walk as you face the uncertainties of life in our crazy world. Has anyone ever asked you about your Christian hope? If not, you might want to ask yourself if you have set apart Christ as Lord in your heart. Have you surrendered to His control and authority? If you have, it doesn’t mean from that point on you will have victory and everything will work out well for you.
We all face obstacles. We might be opposed. We aren’t perfect, so we might fail. But can others see that God is doing a good work in and through your life? They should? If they do, some might show an interest in finding out how you found the answer. Are you ready to share it?