The Urgency of Evangelism

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

When someone is dying or leaving us, their last words become very important. Oftentimes, they are words which we will remember for the rest of our lives, as they usually the sum of a lifetime of experiences or wisdom. That last “I love you” or “do this for me” carries more weight than anything else they have said.

Matthew 28:19-20 relates Jesus’ last words to his disciples (and as an extension, to us). He didn’t ask us to pray more or to preach more, but rather to go into the world and make followers. Since there is no other way to reach heaven but Christ (John 14:6), Jesus understood that people need to hear the good news of his sacrifice and salvation through his blood.

The truth is that if we really believe the Bible, then evangelism will be a priority for us. Anyone who does not profess faith in Jesus faces an eternity of eternal torment (meaning FOREVER). They will suffer in a dark place with “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (e.g. Matthew 8:12, Luke 13:28).

Who do you know that needs Christ? Do you have loved ones that are far from Jesus? Then understand that will go to hell for an eternity. Those good people in the grocery store, at the game, on the street, or in our jobs will also go to hell without faith in the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Make a list of people that you know that need Christ. Pray for them, make a commitment to invite them to Church and speak to them about Jesus. Although some might reject the Good News, there are many who are hungry to receive the abundant life that Christ offers!