Many Christians, according to Russell D. Moore, think about evangelism like they think about flossing. They know they should do it more often – and they even feel guilty when they’re reminded of it – but they think of it as an optional discipline.
Such a laissez-faire approach to evangelism is certainly foreign to Scripture. Charles Haddon Spurgeon went so far as to say that this sort of attitude is antithetical to the gospel itself. “Have you no wish for others to be saved?” Spurgeon asked. “Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
Perhaps the metaphor of food is a more appropriate way to view our responsibility to share the gospel. Sri Lankan evangelist D.T. Niles said that evangelism is simply, “One beggar telling another beggar where he can find bread.”…
Jesus once told a parable that likened the kingdom of heaven to a great wedding banquet (Matt 22:1-14). After the original invitations were rejected, the servants went out into the main streets and invited everyone they could find to return with them to the feast. The surprised guests were welcomed at the party.
Jesus also told a series of “lost stories” in Luke 15. One story is about a lost sheep. The second is about a lost coin. The third is about a lost son. All three stories end with a party and illustrate the fact that there is great rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents.
All of these stories end with scenes of food, feasts, celebrations and parties to describe God’s response to people coming to saving faith. If we look at evangelism like dental floss, we have missed the point in a bigger way than we may care to realize. God entrusts the Christian with the divine duty – the magnificent mandate – to spread the invitation to the eternal celebration of God’s redeeming love.