I was listening to Moody Radio this morning as I prepared to start this devotional. The focus of the discussion was a recent study which cited 47% of millennials say evangelism is wrong.
I wanted to explore this survey a little, so I searched the net to find the source of this information. First, I wanted to know what the data the study was based on. Most importantly, I wanted to verify the validity of the report.
I found an article published this morning on Hello Christian. I’ve provided this link to allow you to go have a look at the details. What I think you’ll come away with is an understanding of the task that lay before us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Note: Hello Christian is an online (news) magazine for Christians. I have only discovered this magazine today in my search for this survey. Therefore, I can’t endorse any views they publish or positions they take.
As Disciples of Jesus Christ we should always ‘test the spirits’ to see if they are from God. (1 John 4:1)
I’m being transparent here, providing this cautionary notice that with this magazine and every other source that proposes to be a voice in alliance with God, many are not and seek to deceive even the elect.
I intend to test the spirits in this case and in all cases and would encourage you to do so. I hope that their intent is driven by the Master and His Gospel.
Back to this survey regarding millennials and their clear resistance to evangelism.
While this study is interesting and shocking for those of us that hail from preceding generations, it doesn’t change what the Word of God says about our responsibility to spread the Gospel of Christ.
I may sound like a broken record in relation to the Great Commission, but this directive is the reason we remain here. Yes, we were created to give honor and glory to God. Yes, our purpose is to be the recipients of God’s love for us and us to reflect that love back to God. These are manifested in how we conduct our lives before the Lord. My favorite passage related to this is at the close of the book of Matthew.
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (CSB)
We are to go, regardless of the consequences. We are to go, no matter what any trending opinion is part of the social order.
Today, more so than at any period I can think of, absolute truth is in question.
We see people constantly referencing independent truth. They have ‘their truth’. They are perfectly fine that others have their own version of truth. They choose based on their own bias to accept another’s truth, even when that ‘truth’ may conflict with the truth they define as their own.
In the light of this philosophy it is easy to understand how this survey of millennials came to be.
Truth is not subjective. Truth is an absolute. Just as God is absolute. God’s love is absolute. God’s righteousness is absolute. God’s justice is without change. Likewise, God is the same as He has always been and always will be. The same is true of His Word.
Jesus calls us to go, spread the Good News to everyone.
Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:15-16 (CSB)
Go, because this is a life and death matter, we as Disciples are charged with the delivery of the message to everyone.
Some will come to believe the truth of the Gospel when it is shared with them (seeds in good soil) while others will not and will face the judgement of God. All have free will. If we don’t ‘go’ and tell them, they know the choice God is presented before them.
If we don’t ‘go’ and tell them, they will not have the information to make that choice. The default state for all of us is that we are damned, by the sin present in all our lives. The only escape is the Good News we are dispatched to propagate without reservation.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (CSB)
There seems to be a good number of underpowered believers out there.
It is an incredible fact in this information age when ideas and thought are transported across the globe in milliseconds, a greater percentage of the populace do not know they have an opportunity to have a relationship with the creator.
Once again, we see where we need to be obedient to God rather than follow the guidelines set out for us by the society at large. The directive is clear for every believer we are to be His Disciple; we are to be His Messenger and we are to be His Missionaries to the world. This means from our back door, in our jobs, and in our day-to-day lives. Yes, some are even called to traverse oceans to deliver this Good News we are commissioned to ‘Go’ and spread.
Despite our ‘Go’ being nothing more than down the street or around the globe, we are to ‘Go’!
In His Grace,