Lack of Knowledge?
For some reason, it seems like we think every person that we walk up to will be a devout atheist with a ton of knowledge and arguments that we will not be able to answer. Or we may think that we need to know everything there is to know about God and His word to share the gospel. Is this the case? IF so, no one would share the gospel!
• What do you need to know? What do the lost need to know? These are the important questions we must know the answer to, and the answer is not that difficult. Every true Christian should have this knowledge. What the lost need to know is the gospel! Do you know why you became a Christian? Were you convicted of your sin? Did that conviction lead you to Christ? IF so, you know enough to share the gospel!
• There are really just a few things a lost person MUST hear about:
• Good News
• The Call of God to Repentance and Conversion
This is where we should always start. But you may be saying to yourself, “Yes, but how do I answer some of the questions that aren’t about the gospel?” I have the perfect answer that you should give to lost people who ask questions that you do not know the answer to: “I don’t know the answer to that question, let me get your email address, and I will get the answer for you.” Give this answer, and then get back on track teaching them the gospel.
There is something else concerning a “lack of knowledge” that must be dealt with. IF you do not know how to respond to some questions, how much are you getting into God’s word to learn about these questions? At times, this is the reason why we feel like we have a lack of knowledge. Remember, Peter commands us to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us (1 Peter 3:15). That means we need to be studying God’s word!
Too Busy? Don’t Have the Time?
If there is an excuse that shows clearly that our priorities are wrong, this is the excuse. There are so many times that we fill up our schedules to the point with what we want to do that we just squeeze the Lord and His will out of our lives (except for going to “worship” of course). Is the Lord pleased with this? No, He isn’t! When this is how our lives are, we are like the soil with the thorns in Matthew 13. We are being choked spiritually, and are bearing no fruit for God. Remember what Jesus says about disciples that bear no fruit, “"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away…” and that branch is “thrown into the fire, and burned” (John 15:2, 6). It is clear that we make time in our schedule for what is important to us! The question you need to ask yourself is, “Is God’s will important to me? Is obeying God important to me? ” If we answer these questions with a “no,” then we have many things in our lives that are IDOLS! Anything we are putting before God and His will is an IDOL.
Make evangelism something that is important to you! Plan to do it on a daily basis. If you do this, you will find time to do it!
Not concerned enough for lost?
I think most of our excuses point to this fact. The reason why we give so many excuses is that we just do not have the kind of concern that we should for lost people. Here are two things concerning this that you should think about:
1. Someone cared enough about you! Was someone concerned enough about lost souls to help you come to Christ? With this being the case, you should do likewise! Show God you are grateful for your salvation by sharing your hope with others.
2. Would you warn someone if their house was on fire? If your neighbor’s house was on fire and they were still inside, what would you do? More than likely, you would call 911 and then go bang on the door or kick it down to get your neighbors out! Why don’t we do this when it comes to lost people that are going to spend eternity in flames? This is a much more important issue than a lost neighbor’s house! We are talking about an eternity of torment!
We Just Don’t Care or Don’t Want to Evangelize
There is only one way to respond to this excuse: Repent! If you have no desire to evangelize, more than likely, you are not saved yourself. Remember that you have made a profession of Jesus as your LORD. If you are not obeying Him, any confession you may make is worthless. Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46), and “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matt 7:21).