Motives in Evangelism
There need to be powerful motives if we are to pluck up courage to start this daunting task, where embarrassment has to be overcome, openings made and time sacrificed. There need to be powerful motives if we are not to give up in discouragement when we see little if any fruit from our efforts. As a matter of fact there are powerful motives, and the early Christians knew them and were moved by them. Here they are.
They bothered because of God’s love
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. He had only one Son, and that Son was a missionary. What is more, God’s own love became implanted in the hearts of believers (Rom. 5:5) and so, not surprisingly, they began to share the heavenly Father’s attitude to the lost.
They bothered because of Christ’s command
In Matthew 28:18-20 we see the farewell words of Jesus to his disciples. He assures them that he has all the power in heaven and earth. He promises that he will be with them until the end of the age. And then he gives them his parting instructions. They are to go into all the world and make disciples. They could claim his promises of power and presence only if they were obedient to that last command. We treat the last wishes of those we love very seriously. So did the early Christians: and this was Christ’s last behest. Perhaps that is why they gave themselves so unremittingly to evangelism.
Evangelism – now and then.