This weekend we were privileged to experience iGo Workshop, an evangelism seminar presented by Jason Varnum and Joey Campetella. It was incredible, and that is a pronounced case of massive understatement. Check out the videos at the media archive on http://www.cornerstonefortworth.org. It is worth your time.
Anyway, one thing that really struck me about evangelism as I listened to their presentation was Jesus’ statement, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” There are two things that demand closer consideration here, and I plan to do so later on. But for now, just a highlight of two things:
First, Jesus said to follow Him. This means that evangelism must be done imitating Jesus and being led by the Spirit. We must try to do evangelism the way He did, though, of course, in our own unique way. And this means that we must be led by the Spirit as we follow Him. You can dwell on just that for hours and still find new ways of thinking about evangelism. Try it.
Second, Jesus promised that if we would follow Him–that is, do evangelism as He did it as we are led by the Spirit to do in our unique personal style–that “I will make you fishers of men.” The key phrase here is “make you.” This is so incredibly important! We can only become the witnesses Jesus called us to be as we are made, as we are fashioned, shaped, formed and developed, by the Spirit to be fishers of men.
This hit home with me in a powerful way. My prayer today is that Jesus would “make me” a fisher of men. That He would gift me and compel me, that He would teach me and train me, that He would empower me and embolden me, that He would make me a fisher of men. I cannot make myself a fisher of men; I need Him to do it for me, in me and through me. Anyone else care to join me in that prayer?