Don't Preach at Me

John Koedyker

READ : Matthew 28:11-20

Another question in a George Barna survey also caught my eye the other day. The question that was asked was, “Do we have a responsibility to share our faith?” Would you believe that only about one quarter of all adults (28%) strongly agree that we have a responsibility to share our religious beliefs with others. Besides that, 25 percent feel strongly that we do not have any such responsibility.

Are those statistics shocking to you? They are to me! No wonder many of our churches are not growing. It makes me sad that so many do not feel it is important to share their faith. That is not what Jesus intended. Jesus’ parting words to His disciples the last syllables He pronounced on earth were, “Go and make disciples of all nations….” We call it “the Great Commission,” but too often it has become “the Great Omission.” Why is that?

One reason is that some people have given preaching the gospel a bad name. No one likes to be “collared” or “cornered.” Unfortunately those are often the images that people have of “evangelists.” But evangelism doesn’t have to happen that way. We need to befriend people, care for them, and pray that the Lord will give us a natural opportunity to share the gospel. All of us may not be evangelists, but we are called to be witnesses for Christ


Holy Spirit, fill us with the power to share our faith with others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.