“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
One of the great Christian leaders in history was a man by the name of Dwight L. Moody. Before electronic media came along it was thought that he preached to more people than anyone else in the history of Christianity during his lifetime, perhaps more than 5 million. But he didn’t start out by preaching to huge crowds. As a young man he had a desire to reach and teach others about Jesus, and especially children. He went to a local YMCA to help teach Sunday School classes was told they didn’t have enough kids for him to teach. Undaunted, he rented a large wagon and went out to the poorest neighborhood in Chicago to find kids to invite to the Bible classes so that he would have children to teach. At first he had little success because the kids he brought didn’t fit in with the more affluent kids that were in the other classes. But after a few months he had to ask others to drive wagons to get all the kids that wanted to come to his classes. Even though he little formal education, and no Bible training, eventually the Lord used in him in ways that still impact Christianity today, simply because he wanted to show people Jesus.
Over the years I have observed that the most effective evangelism comes not form a program that a church starts, but through a ministry that the Lord puts on the heart of a person. This usually comes to a person who has been so personally touched by the Lord that they are compelled to share with others what they have experienced. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his second letter to the churches at Corinth, “For the love of Christ compels us because we judge thus: If One died for all, then all died; and He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” There are so many opportunities out in the world about us to share with others about the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ. Like D.L. Moody, if I have a desire to show others what the Lord has shown me, the Lord will open doors of opportunity. It is simply responding to what the Lord has done for you.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (ESV)