Wanted, Evangelistic Man Of God
Wanted, Evangelistic Men of God
The basic elements of economics are supply and demand. The greater the demand the greater the efforts become to supply the need. Usually, if the need is greater than the supply on hand, a company will increase their employee numbers to meet the need, and by so doing, the scales are balanced.
The kingdom stands with an analogous spiritual economic deficit. There is a strong need for Godly men. There is a strong need for men who desire to fulfill their destiny. There is a strong need for these men to recognize that the shortage in the kingdom is tied to their lack of labor. The possibilities of the great things God can do start with men who will faithfully embrace their call to evangelism. The purpose of this lesson is to learn the elements of an evangelistic man of God so that we can fulfill our calling and impact our tomorrow.
This area of concern was shared by the apostle Paul as he encouraged Timothy to be the man of God who benefits the kingdom. He writes in 2 Timothy 2:1, 2
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
First, we notice the strength of an evangelistic man is in the grace of Christ Jesus. Any effort we express to the needs of the world will never be by our own strength, might or will but by the grace of Jesus. God wants His men to have strength and to show themselves with strength, but it is not our own. Because we will face opposition in sharing the Lord with the world, men of God must be strong and the strength that keeps us is the unmerited favor of the Lord, His grace.
Second, Timothy was also encouraged to consider the source of his learning. He learned from Paul. In fact, he fully knew Paul’s doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, and God’s deliverance of Paul. Timothy had fully followed up on all of what Paul taught so as to live the very same pattern. In like fashion we must trace the lives of the apostles with a view to follow their pattern in evangelistic efforts.
Finally, we will look at the strategy of his efforts. The word of God stands to be the source and seed for the investment and return of each man of God. The strategy that’s encouraged by Paul is one that will have continual interest. Our investment begins with a consecrated relationship with God, a committed purpose with our families and consistent faithfulness to the church. When this drive is invested in other faithful men we affect change in a world that hurts, thereby meeting needs in families, communities, cities, states, and ultimately the world.
O’ Man of God, be strong with God’s grace. Study the source of successful living. Follow the strategy that affects change. And in so doing, fulfill your calling and impact the world.