The First Step
We are all called to go and make disciples. The less time Jesus had on earth the more he made himself available to others. Jesus took advantage of the time he had on earth to do God’s will, to make man right before God. As followers of Christ, we must be willing to make disciples. The commands of Jesus express this clearly: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Outreach is the first step in making disciples.
Brothers and sisters, do not be mistaken: evangelism is more than turning to John 3:16 and guiding man through the sinner’s prayer. It is working from the overflow of God’s love for humanity. When we understand God’s love for us and that He created us to love one another, it becomes less about us and all about Him.
So then, how do we begin to evangelize to others and make God known?
Here is some simple advice: traditionally, evangelism is understood as preaching the gospel with intentions of converting others to Christian living. The most important step to conversion is to make contact with unbelievers. The moment you step outside of the Church wall and into the world you begin to evangelize. The men and women you come into contact with are now connecting with God’s child.
If you step out in faith to make God known to strangers, then you are actively serving. By establishing relationships and earning credibility with others, opportunities will arise to share the gospel. A conversion is a radical 180-degree life transformation. It is a journey that takes time and prayer. If our first step is to build a relationship, then we will have the greatest chance to make true disciples.
Are you willing to take the first step?