If evangelism is about all of life (as we saw yesterday), then evangelism is not a “one time event.” Evangelism never stops.
Just because someone “believes in Jesus” does not mean they have been “evangelized.” Again, if the Gospel is about how we live and act in all of life, then evangelism is also about how we live and act in all of life. Evangelism isn’t over with someone just because they believe in Jesus. Before a person got to that point, evangelism had been going on for a very long time, and will continue to go on for the rest of that person’s life.
You and I are Not Evangelized
Let me put it more bluntly. You and I are not yet evangelized. Sure, we may believe truths about the Gospel, but if the Gospel is about all of life, and seeing the rule and reign of God expand in our life, then we have not been fully evangelized until the rule and reign of God is complete in our lives, and that will never happen this side of eternity.
Maybe some terminology changes would help make this more clear. No Christian would ever think that they have completed the path of discipleship. Following Jesus in discipleship is a lifelong process. And, by the way, discipleship begins before we ever believe in Jesus. A person can follow Jesus, listen to His teachings, and be drawn after Him long before they ever believe in Him for eternal life. So also, discipleship continues throughout the life of a believer. We are to forever be learning more about Jesus and seeking to love and serve others like Jesus. That is what discipleship is all about.
Discipleship Never Stops
Think of evangelism the same way. If discipleship is a lifelong pursuit of the ways of Jesus, evangelism is a lifelong pursuit of the ways of the Gospel, or the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as you never fully arrive in discipleship, but the process always continues, so also, you never fully arrive with evangelism, but the process of living the ways of the Kingdom continues throughout all of life.
So do you want to do evangelism? Put down your bullhorn and your tracts. Forget what they taught you in your preaching course about the power of persuasive speech. Disregard all the tips and suggestions for engaging others in dialogue about the Gospel. Just begin by looking around to find someone to love.