I have always been fascinated by the genius of glows sticks. In concerts, when lights go out and people start waving their glow sticks (or phones or lighters hehe), I am always struck with awe. It’s like looking at a sea of stars, or the reflection of the moon on a wavy beach. But then again, the glow stick that is so beautiful to look at in the dark becomes ordinary, and quite frankly, useless in a well-lit room. A glow stick, if placed in a room that is already bright, will not make any difference at all. Sure, it may give off a certain amount of light, but then you won’t notice it because the light that surrounds it overwhelms the light that it gives off. Now, if you put that same glow stick in the dark, then you see it shine bright (like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond).
I guess in a way, evangelism is like that. It is bringing the light of Jesus, to people who are yet to feel His love. It is telling them the reality of sin that is in the world (and in them), and that Jesus died for the forgiveness of the world, and that you are forgiven if you believe in the Gospel and repent of your sins. Now, I am not saying that you are useless inside the church, because clearly the Bible says to never give up on meeting each other. Every time we meet and fellowship, we encourage each other, we help each other, we rebuke each other in love. However, we are not meant to be together at all times (#clingymuch). Jesus’ last command to us was to GO, and MAKE disciples of ALL NATIONS.
But I guess before we can share Jesus’ love, we first must have His love, because the motivation to share and preach the gospel is His love. You can’t share what you don’t have. So, what is the gospel? The Gospel is the good news that God loves us so much that He came down to earth and became man in the person of Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life and died a death on the cross in our place. After three days, He was resurrected by the Father, and whoever believes this gospel and repents are given the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of salvation and eternal life.
Going back to glow sticks, glow sticks are made up of two tubes, a plastic tube that contains a fluid and a slightly smaller and brittle (like glass) tube that isolates another type of fluid from the other fluid. When you bend the glow stick, the brittle tube breaks and the fluid inside mixes together, causing a chemical reaction that makes the glow stick glow.
You see, like glow sticks, we need to let God bend us and break the brittle barrier that we’ve put up inside us -the pride, the insecurity, the pain, the shame – and let the Gospel of God’s overwhelming love permeate us and invade us so that we can be the light of this world. But then again, if we stay in the comfort of the well-lit room always, we won’t glow as much as we God intends us to be. Like glow sticks, we should let Someone bigger than us, to carry us to the dark place and be the light there.
You know, what pushed me to become a Campus Missionary isn’t the money (we don’t get paid), isn’t the accolade (yes, you speak in front but they came to listen to the Word of God not me), nor the promise of a comfortable life. One of biggest factors that pushed me was the fact that Jesus did not die just for me. Yes, He loves me so much even if I am a worthless sinner. I know that. But that love applies to every single student as well. Jesus was given up on the cross for the forgiveness of sins to ALL who believes and repents.
I believe every single student in campus is being called by God everyday, but the problem is they don’t know His voice yet. Should I be so selfish to not share the very thing that can solve the root problems in their lives? No. But should I find myself wavering even just for a second, I go back to the Gospel. I go back to the love the was poured on me, and I remember and I glow again.
Before I end this blog entry, I want to talk to 2 groups of people.
For the first group of people, those who haven’t heard of this Gospel, or maybe you’ve heard it but never really understood how it applied to your life. Jesus loves you. Yes, He does. He died for you so that you can be forgiven of your sins, and enjoy eternal life with him in heaven. All you have to do is accept Him as the Lord and Savior of your life. If you want to know more about His Lordship, you can read my older post here.
Now for the second group of people, you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and your Savior but you haven’t really gone out and followed Jesus’ command to go and make disciples. Let me tell you this, the Holy Spirit is in you, and He has given you the power to be a witness in your school, in your workplace, in your community, in your household, and to the ends of the earth. What is stopping you from sharing the Gospel?
Do you feel like you are inadequate or don’t have the ability, or don’t have the boldness and the courage to share the Gospel? Let me tell you that the same power that Jesus had to heal the sick, to silence the storm and to cast out evil spirits, is inside of you! The Holy Spirit will give you the power to be bold like a lion (so let them hear you ROoooooAR!)
Are you afraid of being rejected or laughed at, or of not knowing what to say? The Holy Spirit has given you love! A perfect love that drives out all fear! A love so great, so deep, so high and so wide. His love is more than enough to remove anything that is hindering you.
And at times that you do not know what to do or what to say, God said that you can come to Him and ask of Him, and He will generously give you wisdom, without finding fault. The Holy Spirit will enable you to have a sound mind that will give you wisdom and prudence.
You’ve the power and the mandate to go and make disciples. The question is, will you let God take you to the darkest of places and let the light of His love glow? Will you preach the Gospel and be the light to the people around you?
If you want to know more about Evangelism, here are some great blogs to read.
- Joseph Bonifacio, How Will They Hear
- Emmanuelle Gomez, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
- Paolo Punzalan, Radical Love That Demands a Radical Response
- Jenn Punzalan, Bad News, Good News
- Dennis Sy, Jesus is More Than a Ticket to Heaven
- Sofia Paderes, Open Door, Closed Heart
- Ganns Deen, The Miracle at Kenny Rogers Roasters
- Ernie Aragon, The Great Passion
- Karess Rubrico, Walk This Way
- Jek Valle, The British Singer
- Carla Peralejo-Bonifacio, Dare to Share
- Kristine Molato, Radical Week 2: Evangelism | Perfect Love
- Yrose Lacerna, Standing In The Gap