Evangelism in Action

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

Many Christians work 9-5 jobs, or in some cases even more hours than that. We go to our jobs every day so that we may be able to support ourselves and our families. Our jobs are time consuming and can also be very tiring. At times, this makes evangelism difficult. Evangelism is not encouraged, and in most cases prohibited, at the work- place. But should this be any reason not to evangelize? Paul worked as a tent maker because he needed to sustain himself and his workers, yet he was one of the greatest apostles of his time. His job did not stop him from doing God’s work. He followed the example set forth by Christ Jesus.

The spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3

If you are not able to evangelize while at work, you can still exemplify the character of Jesus by your actions and your conversation. Conversation in the Bible is synonymous with lifestyle. Lead your co-workers to health principles outlined in the Bible by letting them see the food you eat. Also, modest dress and not wearing of jewelry or makeup will cause others to take notice and ask questions. Not listening to worldly music, and certainly not listening to “Christian rock, country, jazz, or hip-hop.” These are all oxymorons, there is no such thing. You cannot combine “Christian lyrics” with electric guitars or drums and call it Christian. I will cover these topics in more detail in future articles to come. Your actions will speak louder than words, or no words at all. You will be looked at as somewhat peculiar and will certainly receive their attention. When they ask questions, you may answer them politely with the triumphant truth of Christ Jesus. Little by little, you begin to sow seeds. Keep watering your garden every day, and the harvest will be plenty.

To be a coworker with Christ and the heavenly angels in the great plan of salvation! What work can bear any comparison with this! From every soul saved, there comes to God a revenue of glory, to be reflected upon the one saved, and also upon the one instrumental in his salvation.—Testimonies for the Church 2:232. {ChS 273.6}

Share with your co-workers some of the trials that you have been through. How you lived your life in the past, where you have come from, where you are now, and where you long to be in the future. Let them know what Jesus has done for you, and what he means to you by being in your life. How all this has been made possible to you through God’s great plan of salvation. That all he has done for you, is also possible and made available to them as children and heirs to the Royal Family of God. While not only helping to save lost souls for God’s heavenly kingdom, you will help to save your own soul as well. Lay hold of every opportunity within your reach of doing good.

Call to mind your former wretchedness, your spiritual blindness, and the darkness which enshrouded you before Christ, a tender, loving Saviour, came to your aid and reached you where you were. If you let these seasons pass without giving tangible proofs of your gratitude for this wonderful and amazing love which a compassionate Saviour exercised toward you, who were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, there is reason to fear that still greater darkness and misery will come upon you. Now is your sowing time. You will reap that which you sow. Avail yourselves while you may of every privilege of doing good. These privileges improved are as a passing shower, which will water and revive you. Lay hold of every opportunity within your reach of doing good. Idle hands will reap a small harvest. For what do older persons live but to care for the young and help the helpless? God has committed them to us who are older and have experience, and He will call us to account if our duties in this direction are neglected. What though our labor may not be appreciated! what though it prove a failure many times, and a success but once! This once will outweigh all the discouragements previously borne. {2T 330.1}

The redeemed will meet and recognize those whose attention they have directed to the uplifted Saviour. What blessed converse they will have with these souls! “I was a sinner,” it will be said, “without God and without hope in the world; and you came to me, and drew my attention to the precious Saviour as my only hope. And I believed in Him. I repented of my sins, and was made to sit together with His saints in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Others will say: “I was a heathen in heathen lands. You left your friends and comfortable home, and came to teach me how to find Jesus, and believe in Him as the only true God. I demolished my idols, and worshiped God, and now I see Him face to face. I am saved, eternally saved, ever to behold Him whom I love. I then saw Him only with the eye of faith, but now I see Him as He is. I can now express my gratitude for His redeeming mercy to Him who loved me, and washed me from my sins in His own blood.”—Gospel Workers, 518. {ChS 274.1}

It is a great honor and privilege God provides to us as co-laborers in His plan of salvation. As Christian soldiers, we are to take every opportunity, continue our march forward, gathering as many lost souls as possible. It will take effort. But, if we endure to the end, we shall be saved to receive our reward, eternal life in God’s heavenly kingdom. Will you claim the victory Jesus won on all our behalf? I pray that you will.

The work of salvation is not child’s play, to be taken hold of at will and let alone at pleasure. It is the steady purpose, the untiring effort, that will gain the victory at last. It is he who endureth to the end that shall be saved. It is they who patiently continue in well-doing that shall have eternal life and the immortal reward…… They must endure hardness as faithful soldiers, stand at their post, and be true every time. {2T 101.1}

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