‘Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone.’ Mark 16:15 ERV
Now this is a long shot, but do you ever meet people you don’t know? You do? Wow. Well, then you might agree that it’s always good to have someone introduce you to new people. In a nutshell, that is what Jesus asks us to do: introduce people to Him. Our primary call isn’t to ‘bring people to church’, or to turn evangelism into a massive project with no personality or heart. We are, most simply, called to introduce people to this Jesus we know. We just need to be honest and brave, and Jesus will do the hard bit (the ‘heart bit’?...).
We hear stories of people going into the deepest parts of the world for God – but there are loads who don’t know Jesus right here; they’re in our lecture halls, our offices, our coffee shops, our football teams. You don’t have to know everything about Christianity or the Bible; you just have to be in love with Jesus. When you have proper love for someone, you can’t help mention them naturally in conversation.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Jesus said, ‘If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me. (John 12:32 NCV). The ‘drawing people toward Him’ work is Jesus’. He’s best at it anyway. He just wants us to make Him visible in the first place...
Write down the name of one person who you want to concentrate on introducing to Jesus. Now, pray, and imagine yourself introducing them to Him in a real life chat, in person (“Friend, meet Jesus. Jesus, Friend. Tell Friend what you do, Jesus”, etc). What would be said?