Friday, November 16th, 2018
Beautiful! Like Esther... Results: Evangelism
Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.
Esther 10:3 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Mark 16:15 (NLT)
The words 'gospel' and 'evangelism' mean the same thing: good news.* Good news is not delivered by threat. Good news is not delivered by condemnation. Good news is not delivered by confusion. 'For the message of the Cross is foolishness' (1 Corinthians 1:18) to outsiders.
Nevertheless, we must go outside: it's our Great Commission. Jesus demonstrated the process of evangelism in Samaria, when He spoke to the woman at the well. Consider it: 1) She was an outsider. 2) She was living in sin. 3) By tradition, Jewish men did not talk to immoral, non-Jewish women--especially in public.
Here's how Jesus brought this woman (and her city) His good news: 1) He found common ground; both races claimed Jacob as their father.** 2) He discussed a common need: water. 3) He treated the woman with uncommon respect. 4) He intrigued her with His Words... until His Identity (and purpose) were revealed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: don't be fooled by the stars. Astrology is not your Guide--neither are the world's star makers. Don't be fooled about your purpose. It's not stardom, but evangelism--through media. Don't be fooled by church leaders--if they teach a different type of evangelism.
Just do it like Jesus did it: 1) Find common ground. That's easy; in your field, it's talent. 2) Find common need. That's easy, too; everyone needs refreshment. 3) Treat outsiders with uncommon respect.
4) Intrigue them; do it first by your behavior--as in love, by whatever means God provides. Next, intrigue them by your words. Start with your own overcoming stories. When the time is right, tell them of the One Who helped you.
Warning: if you refuse to share God's good news through the investment of the talents He entrusted to you, you face His correction--at a minimum:
'You wicked and lazy servant... you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents' (Matthew 25:26-28).
But you won't refuse. You won't bury or ignore God's talent. Like Esther, you're in it to win it.
## Beautiful! Like Esther... Results: Evangelism (Part 30)
* Etymology Dictionary origins of the world, gospel: Old English godspel "gospel, glad tidings announced by Jesus; one of the four gospels," from god "good" (see good) + spel "story, message" (see spell (n.1)); translation of Latin bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek evangelion "reward for bringing good news."
** How Jews were related to Samaritans, and why they hated each other: https://bible.org/illustration/hatred-between-jews-and-samaritans
NOTE: Parts 5-31 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful! Like Esther series.