When I became a Christian, there were a lot of feelings and emotions going on in my mind. Obviously, the most dominant feeling was thankfulness to the Lord that He had saved me from my sin, meaning I will now spend eternity with the Father in heaven.
As great and wonderful as that is, the beauty of being a Christian is that not only do I get the free gift of eternal life in heaven, but I also get to use my life here on Earth for God’s kingdom.
Becoming a Christian gave my life purpose; it gave my life value. And now, as born again Christians, we have the opportunity to share our faith through evangelism to invite others into this life-giving love of the Father. We now have the opportunity to be God’s presences in the lives over others.
And the best news? It’s not on you or me to change people’s hearts. It is now our privilege and responsibility to share the Gospel with those around us, but we trust and lean on God to change people’s hearts.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he writes, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6) So what we see here is that it is the responsibility of man to both plant (evangelize) and water (disciple) but God is the one who brings the growth (changes hearts).
Hopefully, this can encourage you in your walk. We as Christians are so undeserving of God’s grace to be saved and allowed to be a part of the mission – but God indeed allows it. And we are also incapable of doing anything good or of value on our own – but God aids us in this and redeems all of our works.
God not only saves us, but He then redeems us and now we get to use our past experiences to point others to the Gospel through evangelism. Take heart, my fellow believer, the Lord of the universe is here with you along the way.