Not everyone is called to be an evangelist within the Church. However, all of us are called to share the Gospel, to be able to gently defend our faith, and to be able to testify to God’s work in our lives. Just because I am not individually called to be an evangelist does not excuse me from the responsibility of sharing the Gospel.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” – John 4:35-38, ESV
My primary calling is to work with children and youth. At the youngest levels, we don’t see children who understand the Gospel message and desire to respond to Jesus’ call. So often times I am one of the ones who labor but don’t participate in the harvest, the metaphor Jesus uses. However, if I am part of the Kingdom of God, I should be ready and willing if that’s my particular role for a certain individual. That’s God’s expectation of me and for all of those who love Him.
While God will not let anyone He intends to save get away, we don’t know who they will be. Therefore, our responsibility is to sacrificially love everyone who we come across in whatever way is appropriate and sharing the Gospel with those whom we can. Regardless of our spiritual gifts, our primary roles within the Church, and anything else we’d like to cite, we must recognize that there are people around us who are ready to respond to God’s call on their lives. And we may be the folks God wants to use to reach those people.
Piggy-backing on what we looked at yesterday, our individual needs are often secondary to reaching out with the Gospel and meeting others’ spiritual needs. Definitely our individual desires are secondary. Therefore, we must be willing to open our eyes and see the fields ripe for harvest and take up the task of completing it.