1 Corinthians 2 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“But the natural man does not welcome what comes from G_d’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. For, who has known the L_rd’s mind, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Messiah.” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
It has been said, “Not everyone is called to be an Evangelist, but everyone is called to evangelize.” There is a difference between people who have the “gift” of evangelism and your average pedestrian believer who shares their faith. The evangelist makes everyone feel awkward at a party. The evangelist witnesses to coma patients…only to have them wake up and accept Yeshua! It’s bizarre, but somehow these “Evangelists” are so consistently successful, that their success can only be attributed to G_d’s calling. That said, people who aren’t called to be “Evangelists” can lead others to the L_rd as well.
Years ago my wife and I were involved in a program called Evangelism Explosion (E.E). No, we weren’t witnessing to terrorists (explosion)…although I have witnessed in a Moslem country! E.E. is a program, whereby people learn to share their faith. Basically, we met with people in their homes, with the expressed intent of sharing the gospel with them. These weren’t uninvited “cold calls”; the people we met with had already visited our congregation and signed a card, asking for us to explain the gospel to them in a more intimate setting.
In sharing the gospel, one thing I had to get over was my fear of rejection. In our training, we were encouraged that if people reject the gospel, they aren’t as much rejecting us; they’re rejecting Yeshua. The communication breakdown isn’t necessarily personal. Most often, it’s purely spiritual.
During these E.E. visits, I learned to pray for the people I was sharing with, that G_d’s Ruach (Spirit) would capture their attention and focus them on Yeshua. While not everyone accepted Yeshua, many people did. And everyone (who accepted Yeshua) did so, not because of my arguments, but because the Ruach led them to that decision…opening the “eyes of their heart”, as it were and this “awakening” was contrary to the way they naturally thought.
G_d’s heart is for people to enter into a saving relationship with Him, yet it is unnatural for them to do so. It is a miraculous intervention of G_d’s Ruach, the revealing of the truth of the gospel, whenever a person believes in Yeshua. At the same time, it is the individual’s personal decision to accept or reject Him. God is sovereign and mankind is responsible.
Concerning sharing the gospel, Oswald Chambers wrote, “G_d gives us a limited participation in something He doesn’t need us to do.” Put simply, God wants you to share the gospel. There is a “line of faith”; now trust His Ruach to lead them across it.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Sunday, September 1, 2013