Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 7, 2013

Give the gift of evangelism

By Michael C. Carson
Local Columnist

---- — Are you searching for that special gift to give to someone special this Christmas?

The gift I am suggesting some already have, and some might not at this point be interested in it. Still some just might receive it if it is offered to them.

Would you consider giving someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ the chance to have one? What an opportunity it would be to invite someone who does not know the Christ of Christmas to come to know him as their Personal Lord and Savior!

Sometimes we have to show the love of God through Jesus Christ more than we speak about Jesus. It has been stated that “A sermon lived is often better than a sermon preached.” Do you want to give someone the gift of Jesus? Then you might have to put in some “sweat equity.” “He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.” (St. Luke 3:11)

Jesus charges us to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (St. Matthew 28:19-20)

As you are putting in your “sweat equity” do not forget about verbally sharing with others just who Jesus is in your life. God calls us to be instruments of his love to people who need to experience true love. Engaging in Evangelism for a Christian is, I believe, “Priority Number One!”

Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior was not just for you to be able to proclaim “I’m on my way to heaven!”

Because you have the gift of Jesus Christ, you must physically and verbally share with others that yes, Jesus has saved you from your sin and filled you with his presence through the Holy Spirit. However, you are also charged to tell others just as you have received Jesus Christ they can also receive Jesus Christ “just as they are!”

It has been said that a good percentage of people state they have not received Jesus Christ because they have not been invited to receive him.

When we share the plan of salvation with someone, we offer them a great gift that they can receive or reject. We are required to the offer The Gift and the rest is left in the person’s hands. We extend the invitation and God does the drawing.

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)

We are to Evangelize. We are to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. The goal of sharing Jesus Christ with others is to give the hearer the opportunity to repent from their sins, to receive Christ, and to become a member of a faith community (church).

This Christmas (or any time for that matter) please give the gift of Jesus Christ!

Peace with justice be blessed real god, attend worship, and families matter.