I have enrolled on a course about Evangelisation (The Genesis Method) over the period of lockdown. I have found it to be very helpful and fruitful. It has helped me learn about my purpose here on earth, to become a disciple of Jesus and complete his mission work.
We are all called for Jesus’ mission. This could mean many things for many people. For some it is about sharing their talent, whether that be by sharing their gift of music, by offering a listening ear, or by sharing their gift of friendship. I believe that each and everyone one of us is called to be a part of God’s mission in some form or another. I have been sharing my views and opinions on Facebook recently; this is my way of evangelisation and I believe I am playing my part of God’s mission. I have also used social media to pray for others and pray for anyone who would like prayer. I prefer using social media to evangelise as it feels easier for me than face to face. During the evangelisation course I have been learning how I would go about evangelising face to face.
I believe society has lost its ability to be generally kind to each other and just accept each other the way God made us. I believe society has lost its ability to listen and care for others, to have a deeper understanding of each other and just having a more profound ability to listen. Fixing this could be our starting point in evangelising to the nation and rebuilding God’s church. Personally, I would like to develop the sense of being able to listen to others, and this has been hard during lockdown as I cannot see my friends face to face. I can start with my family though; I can start having a sense of deeper listening to them. For me, this involves listening to their opinions and accepting their opinion even if it differs to mine. I hope that my family would do the same back and listen to my opinion. I do not expect anyone to agree with me but to accept my opinion.
My opinion is this: this is who I am, God created me in his eyes and in his image and likeness. As it says in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you a prophet to the nations.”. This is one of my favourite Bible quotes. It means that God knew you and had a plan for you right from the beginning. He created you like this. I have, over the years, come to accept myself the way I am. This is because I know that God loves me no matter what, no matter the shape I am, no matter what my weaknesses are, and God rejoices with me during my strengths. He calls us by our names; he knows each and everyone of us. This is an amazing feeling and I would love to have the confidence to share this with so many people. Over the years my confidence has been knocked down but, since leaving secondary school back in 2015, my confidence is coming back slowly, and God is using me for his amazing mission work.
This is the message to tell others when evangelising, that God loves you no matter what state you are in, no matter what social status you belong to, no matter what colour your skin is, he has an amazing plan for you. We have to be able to open ourselves up to him and say Yes, and say, Speak Lord, your servant is listening. Also, going back to listening, I believe it is our job to listen to others, as everyone has a story to tell, whether it is a big story or a small and simple one. By listening to those around us, we can start to build trust with those around us and while this is happening, we are praying for the Holy Spirit to intercede for us and to guide our hearts and lips to speak the truth (after we have listened, of course!). When we build that trust, we start to have that encounter Jesus wants us to have. The people God places in front of us to enable us to have that encounter will start to open their hearts to you. In this we ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Usually people come from a broken home, or broken relationship, or they have had their trust broken. I believe that we are called not to judge those God has placed in front of us, we are called to listen with an open heart and maybe offer to pray over them.
God only asks us to plant that seed in them and possibly God may ask us to water that seed. This is a wonderful analogy. God can use us to listen deeply and speak the truth through us, (this is us planting the seed), and we are sometimes called to water his seed, meaning that we must nurture this particular person God has placed in front of us.
God calls each and everyone of us because he loves us all equally. We all have a purpose to spread the Good News of the Gospel. To love one another just as Jesus has loved us. This is a kind and caring message which can be used to evangelise to others. People have lost all sense of caring for others, yet it could help many relationships if people started to actually have a deep sense of care for each other and being kind to each other, without judgement. By just accepting each other the way God made us, then maybe the world would be a better place to live. May God bless you all and keep you safe, Amen.