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Posted By Eric Sammons On April 22, 2009 @ 1:23 pm In Evangelization | Comments Disabled
Speaking of evangelization, there is a good article by Greg Laurie (a well-know Evangelical pastor) about the pressing need for evangelization .
Why on earth does God choose to use people to reach people? If I were God, I wouldn’t use people. I would just do the job myself.
If I were God, I would roll the heavens away, poke my face through and say, “Hello, humanity. I am God. Believe in me now, or I will kill you.” Aren’t you glad that I am not God? At the very least, if I were God, I would raise up an army of mighty angels to preach the Gospel. Wouldn’t that be powerful? I would never use people; they are flawed. They make mistakes. They fall short. They are inconsistent. Sometimes they contradict what they say by the way they live.
But God, in His great wisdom, has chosen to use people to reach people.
We have to remember this every day – God is most likely not going to miraculously convert your brother or your co-worker or your neighbor. He will do it only through the actions of His followers, which means you and me.
In order to be effective in sharing our faith, we need a burden for those who do not know the Lord.
In last Saturday’s first reading, Peter stated, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20). Because they had seen the Risen Lord it was literally impossible for the apostles NOT to tell people about it. What about us? We encounter the Risen Lord at every Mass and every time we receive confession. Do we have a burden to tell others about him? Is it something that bothers us if we don’t do it? If not, we need to pray that the Lord would give us a heart that wants to tell people about the truth and beauty and love that is Jesus Christ.
Do you really care about lost people? We have to care and reach out to these people, even if it means going out of our comfort zone. Even if it means getting extreme.
Like going door-to-door. Like talking to that co-worker who is difficult to deal with. Like inviting a sibling to return to the Church.
The burden is on us – we now have to respond.
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