Evangelism is not dead, but is it dying in America? Busyness in America is killing Christianity.
Seems like everyone is maxed out. Families are maxed out with moms and dads working more hours than ever before. From 1979 to 2007 the average number of hours worked in America increased by 4.5 weeks per year! Every spare moment of kid’s lives are tied up doing something. Even if they are not in sports or after school activities text messages, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram can easily fill every minute.
We’re loosing relationships everywhere and sitting down having a conversation is becoming a dying art. And our relationship with God? Alive, vibrant, life changing or relagated to a few exhausted minutes before we fall asleep?
We fill our lives up with so many things that in the end do not matter and neglect the things that really do.
What does our crazy busy schedules and lack of close relationships have to do with evangelism and our church? Jesus gave the church this mission: Go into all the world and make disciples. The church is made up of individuals and families and when they are breaking down or too busy to spend time with Jesus then the church becomes ….. lukewarm.
Jesus gave this warning to the church in Laodicia “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are luck ware – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say I am rich, I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
So what is the answer? What has God called us to do?
Paul says in Philippians 3: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
God called us to do three things:
- Love God with our whole heart soul and mind
- Love people
- Go into all the world and make disciples
These are the things that matter. When your life is over and you stand before God it won’t matter the size of your house or how important your job was. It won’t matter how much money you accumulated or how many toys you had. What will matter is how much you loved God and people, and responded to His calling.
Evangelism is dying because we are dying. Dying from focusing on things that don’t really matter and forgetting the things that do.
Here is a few “radical” ideas to revive you and your church.
- Turn off the TV. Better yet, sell it and give the money to the poor.
- Spend more time praying, reading the Bible or other book that encourages you to grow in your relationship with Jesus. God says: “be still and know that I am God.” The creator of the world wants to be your friend but it is up to you to take the steps.
- Spend no more than 15 minutes a day personal time on Facebook, text messages, Instagram, Twitter or other social media. Instead develop a deeper relationship with the people who are close to you. Don’t be on the phone when you are with your friends. Turn on the airplane mode. You’ll probably find 80% of the messages were unnecessary noise.
- Take walks and talk with God. Your body and soul will appreciate it. Ask God what he wants you to do with your new found time.
- Sell your house or downsize. Take the money you save and invest it in things that will matter eternally.
- Read Dave Ramsey’s book, Total Money Makeover and become debt free. Now you’ll be totally free to respond whenever and wherever God calls you.
Why churches don’t care about evangelism anymore?
Do you see that the church in America does not care about evangelism because we are the church and we’ve gotten to busy. Our lives are not being transformed by the power of God but merely dusted by his shadow. God wants us to experience an amazing life.
Jesus said: I have come so that you may have life, life in its fullest measure. Don’t waste your life. Live it walking in close relationship with God and live it to its fullest measure.