What people don’t know about evangelism is that it requires active listening and active participation. Sometimes, people would assume or are under the impression that all you have to do is just show up and expect for things to happen. This is not the case at all. Unfortunately, people today are having this thing called “inattentional blindness” as well as “inattentional deafness.” What this means is that people have the tendency to see what they want to see and hear what they really want to hear. Much like the world today, people are twisting the words out of other’s mouth and I believe that it is one of the many reasons why there is so much propaganda today. People are trying to please other people. Jesus didn’t call to please others. Instead, He has called us to go. Go and share the good news to all people, all nations, all nationalities, etc. In James 1:19, it says “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Notice part A of this passage where it says “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak…”. In other words, God has given us two ears and one mouth which means that we ought to be listening more than we talk. As of lately, people have two mouths and one ear, which is the indication that we talk more than we listen. When we are evangelizing and declaring the word, it’s important for us to be listening to the Spirit so that we know what to declare to the people.
Think about yourselves for a moment: do you see yourself as a talker or a listener? Let me ask it in another way: are you a participant or a spectator? I challenge you to think about where you sit in the Kingdom of God. If you want to be a participant in the Kingdom of God, then I challenge you to examine yourselves and ask yourself: what do you see?
Heavenly Father, I pray for Your continuous strength and wisdom as we continue to do the things that You have called us to. As we grow Your Kingdom, let us not be ashamed of it. Instead, let us embrace it and let Your word shine before others so that the darkness will flee and Your light will shine through. In Jesus name I pray, amen.