Attitudes that Lead to Evangelism
1. Loving attitude toward One Another
Jesus says that a mark of His disciples would be their love for one another (John 13:35). This mark of discipleship is something our churches should show the world. When we love one another, when we are committed to each other, then we are more likely to want to invite others into our group, and they are more likely to be interested.
2. Welcoming attitude toward Outsiders
Jesus was a welcoming person. In fact His welcoming nature caused much strife with many in His day. He was willing to invite the outcasts and the sinners of His world into His company. He ate with them. He touched them. He talked with them. If this is our attitude then we will be more evangelistic.
3. Prayerful attitude for Opportunities
Paul was the master evangelist. His zeal and work ethic are to be admired. Paul, however, did not rely on his own wisdom, but rather asked others to pray for God’s favor in opening doors for the word of God (Colossians 4:3,4). This attitude should also be that of the Christian. Prayerful attitudes for open doors should mark our churches.
4. Trusting attitude toward God
Sometimes in evangelism we believe that we are the cause of someones conversion. We are convinced that it is by our efforts that someone will be saved or lost. This misses the point. Yes, we should be faithful to plant the seed of the word of God and to water the seed, but we must not believe that it is our responsibility to bring increase. God brings the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). When we have the attitude that we can trust God to bless our efforts (and realize that the blessing does not necessarily mean more people) then we free ourselves to be God’s co-workers.
5. Resilient attitude in the Work
The goal of evangelism is to make disciples, not just increase in numbers. Making disciples is not easy. It can be frustrating work. It is frustrating when people love sin more than Jesus. It is frustrating when someone has been so deluded by falsehood that they cannot see the truth. It can be frustrating to be persecuted when you are doing right. This means we must have resilience. This resilience was seen in Jesus, the apostles, and the early Christians. A resilience to do good and suffer. A resilience to not give up. This resilience is built when we see the urgency (because people are lost) and need (God has entrusted us with the message).