“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;”
Philippians 1:29 KJV
For the past two days, we have been looking at ‘Reaching out’. We’ve looked at reasons some believers do not evangelize, with ‘fear’ being the most popular, even for those who are trained in the word.
We have discussed two reasons why believers should overcome the ‘fear’ associated with evangelism. Today, we’ll be looking at a third and fourth reason to overcome that fear.
The third reason why believers should overcome the ‘fear’ exhibited in the face of evangelism is that the fear of rejection is carnal.
What defines us as believers is not the validation from the world or its people, but God’s word.
The Lord Jesus and the Apostles gave us the instruction to preach the gospel. To neglect that instruction will be an expression of carnality.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
To be after the flesh means to be carnal. Now, we know that we are not after the flesh, because the Spirit of God dwells in us (Rom 5:9), however, it must be discerned in our actions.
We mind the things of the Spirit, we mind the heartbeat of the Lord!
The fourth reason why believers should overcome the ‘fear’ associated with evangelism is that there is a reward for rejection.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
This is why repeatedly in the scriptures, especially the epistles, believers are encouraged to rejoice in the face of trials and persecution experienced for their faith sake. (1 Pet 1:6-8, 2 Cor 4:16-17) The rejoicing was because of the glory awaiting them outside this world.
To look at life from this world is to miss the point. When all is said and done, Life outside this world is what truly counts.
SAY THIS: I am focused on what truly counts. My life’s purpose is to know Christ and to make Him known. I am eternity-focused!