Colossians 4:2-6 and Luke 10 – The Mission, Message, and Motivation of Evangelism

Evangelism rises or falls based upon the reality of the resurrection. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, there is no good news to share: sin and death still reign, we worship a dead and decomposing deity, and Christians should be pitied because we are deceived and pathetic. On the other hand, if the resurrection is true, every Christian should be compelled to share this good news liberally and with great joy.

Because of the resurrection, dead people get raised to life with words. Such is the miracle of preaching the gospel. Not only is gospel proclamation a fruit-bearing activity, it gives birth to faith that leads to eternal life. Evangelism is not vain, unproductive, empty, and fruitless. Why? Because Jesus rose from the dead, sits at the right hand of the Father, and is calling people himself right now through our verbal witness.

Because of the resurrection, Christians live enviable lives. Knowing Jesus Christ—in his death and resurrection—far surpasses anything else in the entire universe. Yes, even in suffering. Yes, even if beheaded or oppressed or marginalized. Yes, even if we are considered close-minded, weird, or religious freaks. Like Paul, we can say, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8). We can heartily sing, “Hallelujah, all I have is Christ. Hallelujah, Jesus is my life!”

You can have all the confidence in the world that the words you speak bring abundant and everlasting life. You have an answer that makes sense of all the questions about life. You can rejoice in your eternal hope reserved by God for you in heaven right now. You can promise that life may not get easier in the short-term—it may even come with great cost and suffering—but that Christ gives us a living hope, a future inheritance, joy inexpressible, and ultimately the salvation of your soul (1 Pet. 1:3-9). It will be worth it.

Therefore, consider 1 Corinthians 15:58—“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Your prayers for the lost, your intentional spiritual conversations, and your labor in building a relationship of love with those who don’t know Jesus are not in vain. Be steadfast. Nothing done for God is in vain. Therefore, abound in the work of evangelism.

Steven Lee

Read Colossians 4:2-6.

How often do you speak the gospel into the lives of others? How does the greatness of the message as detailed above speak to the things which limit your evangelism? How does the instruction in Colossians 4 speak into how you might grow then in how you speak the gospel?

Let The Nations Be Glad by Matt Boswell