Best Practice #3 "Come and See Evangelism"
Today’s post highlights the third of ten best practices of “Come and See Evangelism” found in the Gospel of John, chapter 1.
Best Practice #3—Take Initiative
“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ).” John 1:41
“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’” John 1:45
Andrew and Philip took initiative to share the good news about Jesus. They didn’t wait for Simon and Nathanael to notice something different about them, and to approach them with their questions. Andrew and Philip knew it was their responsibility to make Jesus known before Simon and Nathanael ever asked. And so they went to Simon and Nathanael and started sharing.
It’s true that unbelievers will occasionally come to us with their questions about Jesus, or about other spiritual matters, like Nicodemus in John 3, who went to Jesus at night to escape the notice of his peers. But that should be the exception, not the rule. Nicodemus knew something was missing in his life, and he eventually overcame his hesitation about approaching Jesus.
But only because he found cover in the darkness of night.
So many lost people will never come to us, no matter how much cover is available to them. Some don’t even know they are lost. And some are too proud, or too distracted, or too afraid to do something about their lostness. Waiting for them to come to us translates into their never hearing.