Evangelism & The Holy Spirit

Evangelism and the Role of the Holy Spirit

Evangelism...  If the 10 commandments are the “what not to do’s” then the Great Commission can be called “The Great To Do”.  

Jesus commanded his disciples to go and spread the Good News to all the ends of the earth. 

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

But he didn’t leave his followers a “How to” guide on how to accomplish this.. or did he?

Jesus promised us before he ascended into heaven, that he would send us a “helper”.

John 14:15-17
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 

How awesome is that!  Each of us, who have been saved by Jesus, each of us who believes that Jesus is the one true Messiah, God’s only begotten son, who died on the cross for our sins, and rose again 3 days later, in fulfillment of the scriptures, who promises us eternal life if we believe in Him, repent of our sins and take up our cross and follow Him.  That Jesus, promises us, we won’t ever be alone again!

 Ezekiel 36:27
"I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

We should each consider the gravity and importance this Helper, the Holy Spirit, that resides in each of us. 

Let’s first think about what it means to be alone. 

Alone, on your own, is hard, scary, daunting and the devil’s lie.

When you are alone, life is more difficult.  Have you ever tried to fold a king bed sheet alone.  Yes, it can be done, but how much easier and faster is it and how much better does the folded sheet look, when you ask for help?

When you are alone, life is scary.  Have you ever walked back to your car, in the dark, alone.  Chances are good that you had your finger on your car alarm button and fashioned your car key into a make shift weapon in your hand.  Your heart races and all your senses are on high alert, searching for potential danger.   Yet, that very same walk, with someone else by your side, provides safety and comfort. 

When you are alone, life can be too much to bear.  Our creator recognized our need for others when he created Adam. 

Genesis 2:18
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

Just like the helper God created for Adam, each of the believers in Christ have a helper so close, the bible literally tells us He lives inside us.  
The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us when we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior (Jn. 7:37-39). 

So close, that unfortunately, many of us actually overlook this helper. 

This is Satan’s lie, that we are meant to do things alone. 
When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, when you accepted his sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, when you repented for your sins and crucified your flesh to follow Him, Jesus gave you a helper so that you would never be alone again.

The thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy is hoping you will forget the power of Holy Spirit.  He's hoping you'll feel it's too difficult, scary and overwhelming and that you will just give up.

If you were truly on your own, I would even suggest you give up, because changing someone's mind about anything, let alone bringing someone to Jesus or bringing someone back to Jesus, is impossible on your own. It's only through the helper, it’s only through the Holy Spirit working in you (and here is secret #1, He is also working in the person you're sharing the good news with as well) it's only through Him that you're able to plant a seed of faith

And here's Secret #2; it's not your job to save people! It's God's job! Jesus commanded us to spread the message. That's it!  Spread the word like a seed and our heavenly Father will do the rest to make it take root and grow. 

The next time you feel prompted to share the good news I encourage you to pray first!

Pray the Holy Spirit who resides in you, will lead every part of your interaction.
Pray the seed will be planted.
Pray the person you're speaking with will allow it to take root and..
Pray that sometime soon they will realize they aren't alone anymore either!

By: Kimberly Travaglino

Daniel Jacome