Gal.5:6 “…but faith which worketh by love.’
Evangelism is about love. The more I love, the more I will evangelize. The less I love, the less I will evangelize.
There comes a time when programs and methods are halted and restrained; there is a temptation to frustration because I am told I cannot do this and I must not do that. My sense of duty to God is in conflict with my sense of duty to government; but my love, that is another thing altogether. Love is unrestrained.
Love is patient; that is not simply how it acts, that is its character entirely. Do I love? A better question is: Am I love? There is a checklist; I can know with certainty. I Cor.13 is either who I am, or it is not. Do I love the young people of my church? Well, if I am easily offended by them, if so, then I am not loving them. Do I love the lost? Again, do I keep a record of wrongs? If so, then I do not love them.
People want to know if you love them. If you do, then they will listen to you. Are you able to all of a sudden begin loving people that you were not loving before? Of course you can! You have the Spirit of love within you. Are you able to love strangers, people you do not know, people you have not even met? Of course you can, that Spirit loves them already, and He is more than able to shed that love abroad in your heart.
Let us remember that love is not a thing I possess, it is a person I am with. He is love, and He is making me one with Him. If I am like Christ: Christian, then when I get to know you, you are loved. If I know you, and love you, then I will speak to you of Christ.
In a time of pandemic, be believing more and more that you are loved by Christ. Your faith will increase in effectiveness. We may reject the love of Christ, but we cannot contain it: as I am receiving it more and more, it will overflow. Evangelism is faith working by love. Evangelism is getting to know your neighbor, loving them by Christ, speaking His life.
I may not be able to put on a crusade, but I can love my neighbor by the Spirit within me who is already loving them. I may not be able to go door to door with the gospel, but I can love the people I meet at market, and they will soon desire to hear what I have to say to them. And I will say the gospel of Jesus Christ is here for you today.
The Holy Spirit of God is working in this world on Christ’s behalf at this very moment; a pandemic does not hinder him in the slightest. Let us join in His work. He is saying, “Come with Me”, and He opens doors no one can close, and His conviction is clear. Go, get to know your neighbor. Be a friend, even of sinners. And by the Spirit you will be a witness. Believe this, and the love of God will be your love, and faith will be received and salvation will be accomplished.
Bless the Lord.