If there are thousands of professionals and experts out there already evangelising with their years of knowledge, training and experience, then why should we — as humble, everyday people that just want to live a quiet, peaceful life — be putting ourselves out there to spread the gospel?
Because we’re commanded to.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” — Mark 16:15 (NIV)
If we are truly Christian, we should be willing to follow what God tells us to do (John 14:15; 1 John 2:4). So if the Bible tells us to preach the gospel, then preach the gospel we must.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19–20 (NIV)
To bring glory to God.
We were created for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7). How can we bring glory to God if we’re sitting on our couches or hiding behind our uncomfortable silences? We need to be out there spreading the word and being the light that glorifies God to others.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:15–16 (NIV)
To tell others about salvation.
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” — Romans 10:11–15 (NIV)
No one can be saved without Jesus (John 14:6) and those who don’t know about Jesus can’t be saved. As Christians, we are supposed to love each other (1 John 4:20–21), and how can we possibly let someone we love be “punished with everlasting destruction” and be “shut out from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 1:9)? Though, of course, it’s not up to us whether they follow Jesus or even listen to us, but the least we can do is try to get the message out there to the best of our ability.
Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. — James 5:20 (NIV)
Do you evangelise? What are your personal reasons for evangelising?