The other night we had our leadership group meeting. We were having fun sharing stories with one another. We were discussing our personal revelations from the podcast we listened to.
Do you know the let’s-not-talk-about-evangelism-now-because-I’m-not-okay feeling? Yes, that was what we were all feeling that night. Not one of us is okay.
Some of us are pressured in school. Some of us have sick loved ones. Others were just tired. It’s really hard to talk about ministry (e.g. How many disciples do you have? Did you share the gospel this week? Are you involved in a church ministry?, etc.).
But God knows how we felt and He reminded us of a picture that really changed our perspective that night. It’s a picture of a family.
- A Father who instructs
God is our Father. He shows His care for us by loving and giving us instructions. I remember when I was young, every Saturday morning my brother and I were tasked to put the trash outside and wipe the windows clean. We also did carpentry and gardening to clear space in our front yard. Cleaning makes our house look presentable to relatives and visitors.
That’s ministry. God instructs us to help the church by doing our part through service. We do this so that members and visitors will find our church community pleasant and presentable. Just like carpentry and gardening, we advance God’s kingdom through outreach and counseling.
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 2 Corinthians 6:3
A Sick brother
I remember my teacher in Grade 5 told me that my primary role as Kuya is to protect my younger siblings. I have to make sure that they were not bullied, that they stay healthy and do well in school. They have to feel that they can count on me, that I will fight for them until the end.
If my brother in Christ is going through tough times, I will make time to attend to him. If he’s not okay, I will not expect him to do ministry. It’s like when you have a sick brother and you still expect him to do house chores. That will put more stress on him and worse, it can kill him. Brothers who are not feeling well need to rest and as a Kuya, ako muna ang gagawa ng ministry para sa kanya. Once he gets better, he has the energy to do ministry again with me.
- A Home
In the podcast we were studying, Pastor Rice Broocks said, “In and out of season, we should share the gospel.” At first I asked, Why would I do that? Can’t you see I’M NOT OKAY! Pede bang ako na muna Lord? Ayusin ko muna puso ko bago sila? And in the middle of that thought, God reminded me of what evangelism is all about.
Think about yourself inside your house. Your house is messy and needs fixing. Suddenly you heard voices outside your house and when you look outside, toddlers were playing around, eating grass, climbing on trees and some are inching towards the highway where trucks and buses are. Your Father told you that these kids are your BROTHERS and SISTERS who have never experienced home, have no idea of what they’re doing and are in need of a Savior. Would you focus on cleaning your house first or would you rather run outside and save these kids from the highway?
That, ladies and gentlemen, is EVANGELISM. For me to do it even if I think I’m not ready, whether I’m okay or not, even if I’m sick, I will give all my energy and effort to save my brothers and sisters from the pit of death and to let them know that our Father loves them so much.
To treat non-believers as future family is the key to share the gospel even if our hearts are not ready.
Welcome home brodah!
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5