This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.
I will make known the Lord’s faithful love and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, because of all the Lord has done for us–even the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, which he did for them based on his compassion and the abundance of his faithful love. ~ Isaiah 63:7
In a tweet once, a pastor named Philip Nation wrote, “Evangelism is easy: You talk to Jesus about people and you talk to people about Jesus.”
Talking to Jesus about people is prayer. We pray for people to hear the gospel, respond to the gospel, and be saved from their sins by Jesus through the gospel. When we make evangelism harder than it needs to be, our problem usually isn’t on the prayer side of things (unless we simply don’t pray for people).
Isaiah 63:7 is a model for the other side of this: Talking to people about Jesus.
We often wonder Where should I begin? What should I mention first? How should I broach the subject?
The answer is that you begin with God’s love. If we tried to list the good things that God has done for us because of his love, our hands would grow tire writing before we even scratched the surface. James says that every good thing comes from the Father. Every good person, possession, and event in our lives is a gift of God’s grace.
We begin with the fact that God is good and gives infinite goodness to those who will receive it. We begin with the realities that in his love he will make “all sad things come untrue” for those who trust him. We point to God’s goodness on display most greatly in Jesus who came and gave himself so that we, who had nothing before God, could gain everything.
We don’t have to be experts in any particular presentation to evangelize well. We simply must be willing to make God’s love known.
Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.