November 2018 Newsletter - "The Harvesters - A True Evangelist" by Jacob Sullivan
Firstly, we are all evangelists in some way, and the terms Christian and evangelists go hand-in-hand when you fully understand them. Your faith is incomplete without sharing it. As disciples of Christ, we are all called to go out and make other disciples; this calling is not just for the Harvesters, but for all of God’s sons. So, if you call yourself a Christian you already are an evangelist, but you might not necessarily be working for the Kingdom of God.
Being an effective evangelist for the kingdom of God starts within us first. Peter puts it like this: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear,” (1Pet 3:15).
We must study to show ourselves approved, but notice he says more than to just have answers for people. There has to be a transformation in our mind, sanctifying the Lord in us first, before we can be a true evangelist. Matthew 5:16 exhorts us to evangelize by stating, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." The light is our good works - it is these works that will bring people the Lord. Knowledge without these works will surely turn people away from God.
Paul says that each of us are epistles in 2 Cor 3:2-3 saying, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
He speaks of a spiritual inscription on the heart, meaning that whatever is written in us will be the example of Christ to those around us. We often talk about being inscribed with God’s name, which we understand is His character and function. So, the epistle Paul is really talking about is the nature of God ingrafted into us. If we truly have His nature, it should be evident in everything we do and say, to everyone around us. This is a true evangelist, one who shares the Word of God not only through what he speaks but the way he lives.
We aren’t an epistle by just memorizing bible verses or having lots of understanding. Apostle Michael frequently reminds us that "every revelation is a manifestation." This is often misunderstood and taken to mean, “As soon as I can understand the deeper meaning in the scriptures I have had a revelation, which is the ‘manifestation.’” The manifestation only happens when we walk out the understanding we receive. This is when we are inscribed and become the epistle Paul was talking about.
Therefore, unless our walk has changed, it isn’t revelation but simply knowledge. For us to be effective evangelists with the grace God has given us, we must let the Word change us. People will not be converted by knowledge but by experiencing the love of God. People will not be looking at how well we break down the Word, but our walk will be the epistle the nations will read.
The Torah gives a very clear commandment regarding evangelism. Lev 19:12 says, "And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD."
When we claim the title of a Christian, a Christ-like-one, and we don’t look like Him, we are swearing by His name falsely and polluting the character and function of the Father. This will turn people away from Him, making us an evangelist for Satan.
Finally, we now understand that it starts with us first, beginning with self-inspection. A question we should all be asking daily is, are we really having Christ revealed in us or are we becoming a clanging symbol and a sounding brass?
The true love of God is really the only thing that will bring in the nations; it’s so unfamiliar to the world, most have never tasted it, even in the church has it completely distorted. So, having received this love, we must do something with it, and we have to let it set us free so that we can set others free. We are all evangelists in some way or another; people are seeing our works, they’re reading our epistle, we are the example of Christ. Our prayer should be that we die to everything that gets in the way of Father moving through us so that the nations can experience His love and be set free.
Blessings, Jacob Sullivan