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Day 18 | Evangelism & Connection to God
The main purpose these 40 Days of Transformation is to apprehend God. Today, I (Rik) want to center your spirit around that idea. As I wrote this entry on Wednesday, February 3 at my dining room table, I paused here and prayed for you. I prayed that those who would read or listen to this entry would be overcome with joy, love and wonder at the work of Jesus in the gospel.
So, as you listen or read today, I want you to pray the same thing. Ask God that He would overcome you today with the incredible nature and truth of the work that Jesus did and the resulting relationship you have with God because of that work. It really is an incredible thing.
Today’s “Gospel Verse” is John 3:16.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Do not begrudge the fame of this verse. Do not skim through it because it is so familiar. Meditate on the depth of its truth for our broken world.
Proclaim this verse to your heart today. Proclaim it all around you. Fall in love with this verse again today. Be at peace today because of the depth and truth of the gospel. Jesus loves you very much. Did you hear that? Jesus loves you very much.
Now, let’ take this a step further. Often times we fail in our outward evangelistic efforts because we miss entirely the importance of what we just talked about. Apart from connection to God through preaching the gospel to our own hearts and seeing His greatness, evangelism remains a mere command to follow. However, when we understand and see Jesus and the gospel for how truly amazing it is, something happens in our souls.
We see this in the life of the prophet Jeremiah when he said,
“There is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9).
Or check out Peter and John’s response to the authorities who tell them to no longer preach about Jesus:
“So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18–20).
Today, may your heart be set aflame by the beauty of Jesus in such a way that you cannot help but talk about all that he’s done in your life. And when viewed in this light, gospel proclamation goes from being a method or format you must follow, to simply sharing your experience…which is something everyone can do.
Be amazed today and preach the gospel!
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