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From the Inside Out

From the Inside Out

by Josh Caudill

Evangelism is hard. Maybe it comes easy to you, but for me, it is hard. As I've considered 1 Peter 3:15-16, however, I'm beginning to wonder if it is so hard because I actually have a poor understanding of what it means to be an evangelist.

The word "evangelist" originally referred almost exclusively to the four Gospel writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In college, I took a class on the Life of Christ. We were given an assignment wherein we were given the texts of the four Gospels side-by-side and asked to color in the parts that were similar and different between each. What I learned is that although each book tells the same basic story of the Gospel, they are each very different. Each author wrote to a distinct community of people, and they each understood how to highlight the significance of Jesus' message to their audiences.

However, I often think of evangelism as a single type of action to which I must adapt my personality and lifestyle. It's all too easy for me to forget that God not only is able to work in my unique circumstances, but that he desires to do so.

So what's next? Peter tells us: "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy" (1 Peter 3:15).

Evangelism means that in every moment in my life, I am to honor Christ, my Lord, as holy. How can I do this without it affecting every conversation and encounter I have? How can I ponder Jesus' life and death continually without, in turn, seeing the Gospel all around me?

I've heard sermons on evangelism that have filled me with guilt for not doing enough evangelism. But this week I'm left with this conviction: am I honoring Christ in my heart to begin with?

I'm praying for a renewed heart this week, and I hope that you'll do the same. May our lives be filled with Gospel conversations.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill