And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”” (Mark 4:21-29, ESV)
I have spent a lot of time thus far on this passage (at least sporadically). I hope that it is clear to all of us that evangelism is important. It is important because of the nature of the gospel. It is important because of the nature of our salvation. And it is important because of the nature of God’s kingdom. We must be passionately involved in the work of evangelism. This is what we have been charged with from this passage, but I don’t want you to leave you without any tools for doing the work of evangelism. So here are some practical tips that can help you implement the truth that we have learned from this passage:
- Pray – Remember that God is the one who grows His kingdom.
- Use the Bible – God’s word does not return void. Use it. Know it. Memorize it.
- Be honest and clear – Don’t be afraid to speak the truth in love. Aren’t you glad that someone did this with you?
- Understand the gospel yourself – Preach the gospel to yourself all the time so that you can regurgitate the truths of the gospel with ease.
- Be proactive – Look for opportunities to interact with unbelievers; get to know them.
- Use the church community – Invite people to the church. Show them what it is like to be a part of the loving community of God.
- Remember the stakes – don’t forget how badly these people need to hear this message. Evangelism is important.