As one in the current mainstream church culture, let’s be honest, the word evangelize is scary to most of us. Often the image of the infamous street preacher comes to mind and you know not many people think highly of them.
Everyone would rather do something safe, like serve or teach, where you can deal with people inside the safe church bubble. Honestly I think people avoid being bold with their faith because they think they have to be a street preacher or because they don’t feel like they know what to do. This leads to feeling guilty for not knowing what to do, which leads to avoiding the situation. The end result? A dry church with little faith. The real problem is we don’t trust God to help us.
God Gives Instructions
When Jesus sends out the seventy-two in Luke 10 he gives them specific instructions on how to do the missional ministry of preparing the way for him.They aren’t just sent with a slap on the back and are expected to know what they are doing out there.
They indeed can do it; first because God told them to do it, so they have his blessing and favor, and second because they are given instructions. They are told what to take and even how to interact with people in different situations.
God will Help us, He Promised
Isaiah 40:10 says “fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you by my righteous right hand.” God says “I will help you” to his servants, not “I expect you to already know what to do”. Isn’t that exactly what I want, someone to help me figure out this mission field I’m positioned in and navigate the waters?
Jesus says after sending out the seventy-two in Luke 10, “I thank you Father Lord of heaven and earth that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children.” Children are fully capable of carrying out tasks given to them but they do need instruction. God wants those who will obey what He calls them to do, and not think they already have the answers on how to minister. He wants me to ask like a child and he says he will help.
So clearly this notion that I should know what I am doing is wrong. Not knowing is exactly where he wants us, desperate and dependent on him. It will all flop if I try and do it without him. He knows exactly who I’m trying to reach, their hurts and wounds, their fears, as well as what they love and delight in. He will lead you, teach you, and inspire you.