If someone came up to me and tried to convince me that grass is really purple and has always been purple there is a high possibility I will look at them and laugh at the absurdity of their claim. Why? I know that grass is green, not because someone told me, but because I have witnessed grass being green my entire life. It has always been green. My knowledge is founded upon years of experience.
Now if you wanted to convince me of something scientific on the molecular level, true or not, I would probably believe you. Why? I have zero experience studying this area of science. My only knowledge is predicated upon what others have told me, which isn’t that much.
What is the foundation of your knowledge of God? Have you dug into scripture to find out what the Bible really says? Have you experienced and encountered the very real presence of God? Or is your faith based entirely upon the words of a pastor, teacher, friend or family member?
My dad often used to teach us that If you convince someone with an intellectual argument alone, then they can be unconvinced by a better intellectual argument. Many people are constantly back and forth on their beliefs based upon the most recent logical sounding argument they heard.
However, as Leonard Ravenhill said, a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. If you encounter the supernatural power of God in your life then no one will ever be able to convince you that God isn’t real! Why? You know Him! You’ve felt His touch and seen Him at work in your life.
How do you approach evangelism? Too often I feel like we are trying to appeal to people on a mental and logical level, and while that might sound nice, ultimately it falls flat. People need to encounter God’s love before they will receive that knowledge.
I believe this is why the expression, “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” rings so true. People are more open to what you have to say, if they have experienced the genuineness of your love for them and by extension God’s love.
Reaching people for Jesus is first and foremost a supernatural effort. We cannot accomplish this task in our own strength. Evangelism starts with prayer, not with a well crafted argument. Invest your time in praying for souls, your friends, family and even people the Lord might bring in your path.
Actively seek to meet needs in the lives of people, to show them how much you care. Don’t be afraid to pray for people and give God the opportunity to demonstrate His power in their life. People don’t need an argument, they need to encounter God.
Remember it is not our job to convince people of the truth, rather our place is to be a witness to what God has done. Salvation is a supernatural event and is always caused by supernatural effort. God is the one who draws people in and bears witness to the words you share. The Holy Spirit does the convincing.
I will close with this. In John chapter 4, when Jesus encountered the woman at the well (The same woman from “Am I Thirsty?“) and told her all she had done she went into town and told everyone to come and meet this amazing man. Many people came to meet Jesus and the truth of their experience is found in verse 42
John 4:42 (NLT) Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
The woman’s testimony peaked their curiosity, but their own experience with Jesus cemented their faith. The world does not just need knowledge of God, they need to encounter his presence.
Let’s do our part and be the body Christ, let’s take the presence of Jesus to the world.