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Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Master Plan of Evangelism - Delegation!
And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matt. 4:19)
He Assign Them Work
Jesus was always building His ministry for the time when His disciples would have to take over His work, and go out into the world with the redeeming gospel. This plan was progressively made clear as they followed Him.
The patience with which Jesus brought this out to His disciples reflects on His consideration for their ability to learn. He was never premature in His insistence on action. The first invitation to the disciples to follow Him said nothing about going out and evangelizing the world, although this was His plan from the beginning. His method was to get the disciples into a vital experience with God, and to show them how He worked, before telling them they had to do it.
On the other hand, Jesus did not discourage their spontaneous reactions to bear witness to their faith, and in fact, He seemed delighted that they want to bring others to know what they had found. Andrew got Peter, Philip found Nathaniel, Matthew invited his friends to a feast in his house---and Jesus responded to these new introductions with gladness. It is well, also, to note that on several occasions Jesus asked specifically asked those who were helped by His ministry to say something about it to others. However, in none of those early instances is the real purpose of their life of witnessing made a matter of explicit command.
The Principle Applied Today
But it is not enough to make this an ideal. It must be given tangible expression by those who are following the Savior. The best way to be sure that this is done is to give practical work assignments and expect them to be carried out. This gets people started, and where they already have seen their work demonstrated in the life of their Teacher there is no reason why the assignment cannot be completed. When the church takes the lesson to heart, and gets down to business with evangelism, then those in the pews will soon start moving out for God.
However, the fact that one starts the work is no assurance that he or she will keep it up. Once inertia is overcome, it is still necessary to keep one moving and going in the right direction. Certainly the assignments that Jesus gave His followers, at least at first, were no discharge from His school of training. They had much more to learn before they could be considered ready for graduation, and until that time came, He had no intention of turning them loose from His personal direction. His concern at this point was so explicit and His method of dealing with it so pronounced that it needs to be considered as another step in His strategy of ultimate victory.
God bless you friends and I really hope and pray that this post will encourage you to step out and not only put evangelism into practice, but also train others and delegate those responsibilities to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our lost and dying world. We owe it to God and everyone that He places in our way to win that soul for His kingdom.
Thanks again for reading this far my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-D.