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Natural Evangelists

Bro. David Chancellor
11/7/2004 6:00 PM

Acts 1:4-8

 

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

God gives people different gifts and abilities so that he can use them in different ways. The work that God does in us causes us to do some things naturally. It is natural for God’s people to have something to share with others. These became witnesses because they had something to talk about. You can talk about the good thing that you have, and tell others how to get it.

 

John 4:27-30

 

And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

 

This woman went and told what she’d heard. God opened her understanding through Christ. Some don’t like it when people tell them what they’ve done. This woman was given the message of life. She was quick to go and tell others.

 

When God opens your understanding, you suddenly have something to tell. You can tell others how you were enlightened. She told the people, "Come and see." We, too, send out this message, because we want people to see what we see. Share what you find in God’s word. Don’t quit witnessing to what God has done. Get some renewal.

 

It’s natural to talk to people around you. We don’t push this on people, but we are happy to talk about it if people ask. We should have enthusiasm about what God and done for us.

 

Mark 1:40-45

 

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

 

Jesus told this one to keep quiet about what had been done. This man couldn’t help but tell everyone that he saw about what had been done for him. Leprosy was essentially a death sentence. This man’s life had been totally changed. He went from feeling totally unloved, to being part of society again. When someone is delivered from a life of sin, how can they help but be moved? This man’s testimony had an impact. Deliverance from sin is such a radical change that it "just shouldn’t keep." We need to share what God has done for us with others.

 

Mark 7:31-37

 

And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

 

This one came to Christ seek help. He told them to keep it quiet, but they just couldn’t. "He hath done all things well…" Why was Jesus telling people to be quiet?

 

Matthew 12:14-21

 

Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

 

Jesus told them to keep quiet about the things he’d done for them because the Pharisees were out to kill him. The message still got out. Even if we were threatened, the message would still get out. Jesus also told them to keep quiet because his doing so fulfilled prophecy. The gospel went out without a big advertising campaign. The message went out by word of mouth. The most effective way to spread the message is through a personal testimony to people around you. When we receive something from God, we should be natural evangelists.

 

Acts 9:17-22

 

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

 

Paul went from being one who opposed the gospel to one who promoted it, in a very short time. It was a radical change. The change that Jesus made in him was readily apparent. Don’t be discouraged if someone opposes the message of Christ. When God opens his eyes, he’ll support it. Paul was very vocal about the change in his view. If God opens our understanding on something that we were wrong about, we should be very vocal about telling people what God has shown us.

 

Mark 5:15-20

 

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

 

These were afraid and wanted Jesus to leave. This time, Jesus told the one he’d helped to stay and tell. When people are afraid, they need someone to show them that there is nothing to be afraid of. People need to see that serving God is a good thing. God is trying to make us right, not radical. Jesus told this one the best way to evangelize. Go to the ones around you and tell them what God has done for you. Evangelism is as simple as that – sharing the good things that God has done. If everyone would do this, the gospel would go out in a big way. Reach your circle. Evangelize the ones around you. Show them by your life and your testimony all that God has done. God’s plan is simple. Share what God has done for you. Keep it simple. Go home to your friends and tell them what God has done for you. Evangelism doesn’t have to be hard. Share with others what God has done for you.

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