Do we evangelize because we are commanded to by the Head of the Church, Jesus? Because we feel guilty when we don’t speak to others about Him? Do we evangelize because Jesus can change someone’s “wrongness” to “rightness”? Maybe you don’t talk to others about Him at all and feel nothing – good or bad.
Well, the real reason we should evangelize is because the pearl of great price, our experience of Christ, is so priceless we want others to experience “the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7 KJV) and the sweetness of His presence? And because that is not the normal experience of most people who call themselves disciples, believers, or simply Christians we see little evangelism taking place. You can’t invite someone to share something that you are not experiencing.
In 1 John 1 we see that the early believers, and John the apostle who wrote the letter, invited others to share fellowship with them and that their fellowship was with the Lord Jesus Christ and His heavenly Father. Previous to this summary of verses 1-4 he mentions that they are sharing what they have ‘seen,’ ‘heard,’ and ‘touched’ concerning the Word of Life. So we experience (see, hear and touch) the “pearl of great price” and then invite others to come and share our experience, our adventure, our fellowship. This is ‘evangelism’ at its best.
So, if we are not having real fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ whom He sent then are we really saved? After all, if we are born again the Holy Spirit has placed a gift in our spirit – the gift is called eternal life (Romans 6:23b). This gift is defined biblically as the supernatural ability to know (have an intimate relationship with) God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent (John 17:3). So, if we do not have this relationship then we are not truly disciples of the Lord or born again.
To know if you have this daily relationship with Him, ask yourself a question: “Do I hear and see God on a daily basis and touch the things of God throughout my day?” If the answer is “no” then you don’t have a relationship. To have a relationship with a person (and God is a person) you need to be able to see them, hear them, and touch them. This is what makes a relationship happen. The same is true in your relationship with the living God. And, like all relationships, this one with God takes a good deal of daily effort to maintain so that it can be a healthy relationship based in love and not just a 911 call now and then when hit by a crisis.
So, maybe we are seeing so little evangelism because we really have little daily experience of the living Lord Jesus the Christ and thus really have little to nothing to share with others who don’t yet know Him.
Oc course, this is easily fixed – simply repent with godly sorrow and ask God to forgive you and begin or renew your relationship with Him. As you fall in love with Jesus and respond to His love (because He first loved us) then our relationship with Him will deepen, we will hear His voice, see what He is doing on a daily basis, and will be touched by Him. Then we can obey Him (“If you love Me, you will obey Me) and go out and tell others about this amazing relationship you have, inviting others to join you in your amazing fellowship and adventure as you walk with Him.
It is not rocket science!