It is through human witness that others are led to recognize Jesus as the Christ. The invitation to “Come and see” is at the heart of Christian evangelism. But more is needed from us than an invitation. We must have something worth seeing. Our challenge is to live as disciples and create a place that is worth seeing – a place where heaven and earth intersect.
The kingdom is beyond our control – and that is a good thing! The kingdom depends on God’s power, not human effort or agency. We are not responsible for its growth, but we are responsible to do one thing – scatter the seed on the ground. We play a role, but the growth itself is in God’s hands. “[We] see to the sowing and God sees to the growing.”
The challenge of “ordinary evangelism” is so much greater than confrontational evangelism. There is no pre-scripted presentation to fall back on and no pre-packaged product to pitch. There is only one God-saturated and God-oriented life to share with another in all the unrehearsed sloppiness of daily living.
The lost are precious, valued, and cherished people whom God desires would return to his embrace. They are “missing persons” – “the people Jesus misses the most.” We must reject the use of any language that makes us appear as “holier-than-thou’s.”