Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Romans 10:14-15 which reads: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Our soul winning quote today is from Craig Van Gelder: “God is a missionary God, so the church is to be a missionary church.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is being a missionary, not a mission field.
In its nontechnical sense the term missionary is simply “a person with a mission.” A Christian missionary is a person with the mission of positively impacting others with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. A “mission field” is “someone needing the ministry of a missionary.” A mission field is a person or persons yet to be impacted by the life-giving message of Jesus.
So that returns us to the question: Are you a missionary or a mission field?
You are either one or the other. There is no middle ground.
If you have been wonderfully impacted by the message of Jesus Christ, you are obligated to live as a missionary sharing the truth of Jesus with others. If you are still sorting Christianity out, you can’t really be expected to act as a missionary because in a sense you are still a mission field.
Romans 10:15 says: “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
The word Paul uses for “sent” is the word apostello from which we get our words apostle and missionary. Being sent is the first step of the evangelism process: someone is sent on a mission with the message – the missionary. People who get saved most often do so because someone made the effort to tell them about Jesus. You do not always have to go across the ocean to be a missionary. Sometimes you just have to go across the street.
People who are saved are then sent to tell others the good news about Jesus. So the process is an ongoing cycle: We are saved. Then we are sent to tell others how to be saved. In other words, if we are saved, we are missionaries. We must go and tell others. If you have been saved, you have been sent to tell others the good news.
The ardent young God follower Isaiah experienced the sending/going process.
Isaiah 6:8-9 says: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”
Jesus was continually reminding His followers of the sending/going process. He wanted them to live, as we are to live, as missionaries, not mission fields.