I love reaching the lost for Christ. I love telling people about my Jesus. Boldness is one thing an Evangelist must have and it’s of God! This boldness God gives to evangelize is powerful and it allows you to walk in to a territory occupied by the devil and snatch people from the flames of fire. (See Jude 23-24)
Jesus gave us all “The Great Commission” – this is where the Lord instructs his disciples to go out into all the world and preach the gospel:
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, 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 28:16-20 (NIV)
The Lord himself anoints us for this kind of ministry to reach the lost. I often wake up in the morning and say to the Lord, “Use me.” And He does. The Lord really is with us everywhere we go. YOU are an instrument of God. He needs you to help share His message; He wants everyone to be saved.
“They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
– Acts 4:28-31 (NIV)
Where you live is because God has placed you there. The way you look, your heritage, and everything about you God uses for a purpose. He uses our pain and turns it to work for our good. All of the troubles, the trials in our life are part of our testimony. God has brought my family and me through so much. I see that he wastes nothing we have endured. Sharing your testimony builds faith and gives hope.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
– Revelation 12:11a (NIV)
A few months ago, I was in a large cosmetics store in San Francisco. The store had loud music, people were talking everywhere. My daughter, Lani, and I had met up with my friend and her daughter, Lani’s best friend, since they live in the city. Lani was going to have a surgery the next day there in San Francisco, to see if her cancer had returned. Which we found out later that it didn’t, thank you Jesus!
We were determined to enjoy our time with friends and forget our problems for the day. While at this store, I noticed a young man kept staring at me. He was in his late 20’s, and a makeup artist there. He got closer and closer to me and finally he walked up to me in tears and said,
“Why do I feel like I know you?!”
Instantly, I knew this was God. I asked, “Who in your family is a Christian and is praying for you?”
He said that his grandma was a Christian. He explained that he was very close to her, and that she had recently died. I put my hand on him and said, “That was the Holy Spirit.” He nodded in agreement, and I got to pray for the young man with my friend.
His lifestyle was different than a Christian’s, and some may have been shocked at who we were praying for. But remember God knows all hearts, not looking on the outward appearance but he knows the secret things of our hearts. It was that young man’s day of visitation from God.
I remember all the grace the Lord gave me. I won’t shun someone God says to pray for. Thinking on this more, this young man was the grandson of a Christian woman who probably prayed years for him. Her prayers, even though she now was in Heaven, were still valid. Remember God’s timing is perfect. He is working behind the scenes, he is listening to your prayers.
The feeling the young man had when he was around us was obviously something he missed that his grandmother had. That is the presence of the Lord. God was moving like a gush of wind in that place. After we spoke with him, he brought over a friend, a young lady who also was a makeup artist and he asked us to pray for her too. My friend began praying and she had words of knowledge over this young woman’s life. This young lady was so encouraged when we finished praying.
I left there thinking on how my daughter and I could have been in a worried state, being she would have surgery the next morning. But God had us in His perfect peace.
Don’t fear being rejected for sharing, you’ll be surprised how God can work through you!