Changed: Mac Evangelist?

“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.” (Colossians 1:6-7)

Evangelists are not just people who tell other people about Jesus. We can be evangelists for anything. Years ago, when computer and business guru Guy Kawasaki worked for Apple, his job title was Mac Evangelist. He went around the country telling everyone how great Mac computers are.

changed_350We evangelize our friends about bands, movies, TV shows, and fashion trends. We even use apologetics to defend our positions on sports teams, actors, and Mexican restaurants. We all know how to evangelize; it’s just a little scarier to evangelize about Jesus.

Paul credits Epaphras as a double evangelist. He evangelized (“brought the message to”) the Corinthians about God’s grace through Jesus, then he went back with the gospel (“good news”) of the Corinthians Spirit-powered Christian love.

Think: Do you ever “convert” your friends or family to your way of thinking about music, movies, sports, or other things? Are you less likely to be as open and persuasive about your belief in Jesus? Why do you think that is?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be willing to tell the good news about Jesus to unbelievers and to tell the good news about growing Christians you know to other Christians.

Do: Make a quick list of 5-6 good things you’ve told others about, recently — or good things others have evangelized you about.