The Scripture says there are certain gifts: apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. I am a teacher and an
evangelist—but I am an evangelist by obedience. I may have the gift also, but
it is certainly obedience. The Great Commission says, “All
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go,
therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching
them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to
the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
Just by being a Christian, I am an
evangelist. Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me,” and He said,
“Make disciples of all nations.” That means all Christians who obey Jesus
Christ are evangelists. They are to make disciples of all nations. They are
also to teach these disciples to obey everything that Jesus commanded. Just by
obeying that, I am an evangelist and a teacher. If you are an obedient
Christian, you are also called to be an evangelist and a teacher.
“I’m not gifted as an evangelist.” No, I
suppose you aren’t—but you are commanded to be one. Not being gifted doesn’t
mean you get to slide out from under the command; you have orders to make
disciples of all nations.
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