Article Library of Christian Thoughts June 19, 2018
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Reflection 5 - Evangelism
Once again we have compartmentalized outreach and made it so far removed from our daily lives that we believe there is no one in need of salvation in our sphere of influence. This time we have made evangelism primarily important in nations beyond our own; especially places like Africa, China, India, etc.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..." Matthew 28:19(a)

"The vision of perishing souls seems relevant only to the lost who live far away."

Once again we have compartmentalized outreach and made it so far removed from our daily lives that we believe there is no one in need of salvation in our sphere of influence. This time we have made evangelism primarily important in nations beyond our own; especially places like Africa, China, India, etc.

When we look at our congregational budgets we recognize this point readily as we look at the budget for foreign and local missions. Many congregations have no local missions budget and those that do have a very small portion of the total missions budget. What does that say? It's more important to go out of the country to evangelize than do it at home.

The part that is drastically wrong with this picture is that our country and western world countries are losing members and converts in greater numbers than we have seen in modern time. We tend to think that the work is finished here and we are a Christian nation. Have you looked around recently? We are not a Christian nation except for heritage. We are losing the battle to Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, New Age and Unitarians.

They are growing while we are shrinking. They have a lie and we have the truth and we are losing. One reason is we don't really care about the lost at home. That's why it is so important for the marketplace Christians to recognize how important it is for them to know their calling and walk in it. We need to be seen for who we have been created to be. We need to reflect Christ in our work. It needs to exude from our very being. That's what light does.

Is your light shining at work?

Let's pray in the Name of Jesus Christ: Lord, reveal to Your followers their calling in marketplace evangelsim. Do not allow us to forget that people need hear and see the Gospel in the United States as well as other countries. Amen.

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