Evangelism Vignette – July, 2010
How many of you work for a company or belong to an organization that has a mission statement? Anybody want to share one? One definition says that the mission statement should be a clear and succinct representation of the enterprise’s reason for existence. Here are some examples that I found. Aflac Insurance’ mission is “To combine aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best insurance value for customers.” Some are simpler. Walt Disney’s is “to make people happy;” or how about Merck pharmaceuticals, “To preserve and improve human life.
Listen to this one from a Mike Sydow chapel talk – “To seek the best spiritual outcome for everyone you come in contact with.” I never heard Mike call it a mission statement, but I believe it meets our definition of a clear and succinct representation of a Christian’s reason for existence. Let me repeat it. “To seek the best spiritual outcome for everyone you come in contact with.” There are some big words in there, even though the longest are only four syllables.
Seek is an action word. I need to be not just casually watching, but actively working to make something happen. Seek is also a comfort word. I don’t have to make sure the best spiritual outcome happens. The Holy Spirit takes care of that. His word will not return unto him void. But I do have to seek the best spiritual outcome by presenting the Gospel.
Best spiritual outcome– those are the joy words. We know the best spiritual outcome is eternal life in heaven. That’s why we want to share. That’s what we want to share.
Everyone is the word I stumble on. Usually, I fail even to seek the best spiritual outcome for half of the people I see. Sometimes I don’t even seek the best spiritual outcome for my friends and coworkers, let alone the guy that cut me off in traffic. But, God would have everyone to be saved.
Mike Sydow referred to Hebrews 13:20 and 21: “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever”…and God does equip us – does work in us.
I was thinking of all this during the awkward silence while I waited in Wal-Mart for my paint to be shaken. Asking myself if I was going to seek the best spiritual outcome for the paint guy or not. Next thing I knew, the paint guy was telling me about a decision he had prayed about. The door was opened.
In a couple weeks, we will have an opportunity to learn how to better use those open doors. We are planning small group discussions on how to handle regularly occurring opportunities to present the Gospel. Then the small groups will present their ideas on different opportunities for the whole group to discuss. The most important thing for the success of this exercise is to have a large number of people involved and working together to improve their personal evangelism skills. Please join us.