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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
- TITLE: The True Evangelist
By Dorothy Purge
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Guy Kawasaki, Soft ware evangelist and author, wrote in a blog “How to Change the World,” (sub-heading “Love the cause”) the following statement:
“No matter how great the person, if he doesn’t love the cause, he cannot be a good evangelist for it.”
This statement reminds me how much Jesus loves us. He came from Heaven, as a volunteer Evangelist to protect us - to save our souls. He is before us, behind us, beside us, over us and within us. This gives us such a wonderful feeling to know that even on the rough, bumpy journey there is someone to hold our hands and even carry us up when our feet get weary.
It fascinates me when I think of Bible characters, the wealthy ones, who, at times journeyed with their households and their servants. As was their duty, those servants who were considered least, were placed in front of the precious households to protect them as they journeyed. Perhaps those slaves who could be considered as evangelists felt that they held substantive positions and would go to the extreme to shield their masters and their families.
These two categories of evangelists (Jesus, and the servants) lead me to consider the followers of politicians in certain countries, for example, the Caribbean country in which I live . Those followers protect their leaders during their electoral campaign journey, at which time it would appear as if some followers (evangelists) are willing to die for their leaders.
It cannot be an easy decision to want to give your life for someone - though quite spontaneously John Harper gave his life jacket to an unrepented man as the Titanic sunk.
St. Paul in Phillipians said that Jesus took on the form of a slave. Nevertheless, He is the one who will provide an eternal home for us. In my country many of us like to own a house as a form of security. Often, politicians make false promises to their followers even telling them that they, the followers, will be given houses as soon as they, the leaders, become the ruling party. The followers then develop a sense of pride and look forward to that promise.
Jesus evangelised to the point of giving His life for us and has promised to provide an eternal home for those of us who do His will. All His promises are true and that makes Jesus the true Evangelist.
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