I owe my friend and coworker, Debbie (@DebbieCollin), an apology.
Sometime last week..or the week before…all of this evangelism talk started happening. We got into some pretty heated debates (all in love,of course). 🙂
I have to admit, I was REALLY getting convited about the whole thing….as well as majorly disagreeing with some of the methods I’ve seen practiced while “evangelizing.”
At one point in the conversation, I said “I don’t really think that we’re all called to evangelize. Some people have a heart for discipleship. Other have a passion for worship. Others focus on serving. We all have our thing, and evangelizing isn’t mine.” I even had another person back me up and we “hi-fived” in the fact that we were right.
But I wasn’t right. I was wrong. Dead wrong. And I need to apologize.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20 MSG): Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
While I still believe we all have different areas that we’re called to focus on (discipleship, worship, serving, evangelizing, etc), I do think that we’re all called to share the message of Christ. Maybe I don’t like the word “evangelizing” or “convert”…but the concept is to share the transforming message of Christ and invite others to join you in the pursuit towards Him, training others in the way of life that we know as Christ-followers, and doing this up until the very end. I do believe we’re all called to do that. I just wont use the word “evangelize.”
So, Debbie, I’m sorry for my self-righteous attempt in trying to convince and prove (to myself) that I wasn’t called to “evangelize.” I am called to share Christ’s hope for this life and the next.
We all are.