I had an engaging conversation with a new friend at a dinner party last week. He is a professor with a doctorate in anthropology. After growing up on the mission field in Kenya, he now ministers to college professors with CRU.
Those who know me well might ask, “How did you have an intelligent conversation with someone so much brighter than you?” Funny, but the truth is I did most of the listening. The topic was evangelism—sharing the good news of Jesus. “Give me one word that motivates your desire to evangelize?” he asked.
The word is “thanksgiving!”
I have thanksgiving in my heart, which motivates me to share the gospel with anyone who will listen.
- Thanksgiving that I’ve been saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8).
- Thanksgiving that I’ve been called into fellowship with Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:9).
- Thanksgiving that my confidence is in the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:5).
- Thanksgiving that I have an eternal home with an imperishable body waiting for me in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Thanksgiving not only motivates my desire to share the good news of Christ, but my thirst to learn more so I can share what I know intelligently.
Finally, I am thankful for all who participate in “The Spirit behind Badge 145” online community. You encourage me with your feedback (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Let’s press toward the goal of the heavenly reward (Philippians 3:4). With synergistic effort we can bring the gospel to those who have “ears to hear” (Mark 4:9).