The short comment caught my attention. It was at the very bottom of the article in a great magazine I receive and read faithfully. That means there are a number I receive and seldom read. This one receives first place on the pile of “read when you have time” articles and magazines – read from cover to cover and saved. Yes, it is that good!
The comment – “Evangelize or fossilize”. How true! A Church needs to be constantly evangelizing or else, without new believers and new blood, it will become ingrown, stagnate and then fossilize – often without knowing the process is going on – as it moves slowly but steadily to certain and eventually spiritual (and physical) death.
The same can be said for individual believers. Many are the “walking dead”. Their spiritual life got up and went. In it’s place they have spiritual death and often are not aware that a change has happened. Again, it takes place slowly but steadily and usually unnoticed.
The solution to this comes from the very lips of Jesus. He said, to the Church and thus to individual believers who make up the Church, “Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing, teaching, equipping, discipling, releasing and thus multiplying” so that the Church and the individual Christian can grow and continue to experience life and that life abundantly.
Only when the Church and individual Christians settle down and stop evangelizing and sharing the Gospel does the Church and the individual become stagnant, lack life, and begin the slow process of dying with a whimper as the world ignores it and does not even notice.
How is your relationship with Jesus? Dynamic, exciting, full of life, adventurous, and growing? How is your relationship with other believers – the Church? If one is not doing well – the other won’t be doing any better. Fossilization!
The solution is simple – begin to share Jesus and the Gospel with people on a daily basis (evangelize). Take what you are learning and apply it right away to your life and your witness to others. It is not difficult and people are hungry. You will even sense an open door into their hearts and minds because, when you are alive in God and doing what He told you to do, you will notice what many miss – the opportunity to personally share with that person.