Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Spirit of Evangelism and the Heart of God

Through some of our travels in visiting various churches a brother shared something with me that I have not been able to forget. He said he was speaking with an older respected pastor here in the Czech Republic about evangelism. He said that this pastor told him the Czech Church has "lost the spirit of evangelism." Since hearing that I have not been able to let it leave my mind.

I recently preached Psalm 117. In that Psalm the psalmist calls upon all the peoples and nations of the world to praise and extol the Living God. It is really a missiological psalm, because the other Egyptian Hallel (Ps. 113-118) are all written to Israel, and this psalm is a call for all the peoples of the world to worship God. This psalm is therefore different from the rest in this group.

And in this Psalm we can see the heart of God. We can see God's plan and desire for all the peoples and nations of the world to give Him praise and extol His name. The Lord didn't just elect Israel and say forget the rest of the world. His redemptive plan was to be extended through Israel and reach all peoples, and this we can see in the Old Testament and New Testaments (Gen. 12:3; Gal. 3:8).

The heart of God is for all the nations and peoples of the world to worship and extol Him. That cannot take place apart from evangelism. For the Church to lose the "spirit of evangelism" is for the Church to lose the heart of God.

What about you or your church? Have you lost the "spirit of evangelism" in your life and ministry? If so, you are neglecting what is dear to God. The last thing Jesus told His disciples to do was to make disciples of ALL nations. If we want to have the heart of God, if we want to glorify God we will do what is important to Him...call upon all the nations and peoples of the world to praise and extol Him. Hallelujah!

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