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Servant Evangelism

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35-36, NIV).

“How do we witness? By the way we live, by our love and kindness to our neighbors, to our friends. Jesus said, ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13:35, NIV). We are to love everyone, and we witness that way. We can witness in many ways today. We have the opportunity to use modern technology to spread the message of Christ. In some places we cannot use all the technology, but we can use what we can and do what we can. But the most effective way to spread the Gospel is to live the Gospel and do good works, and people who see us will wonder what makes us different.”

“Showing the love of Jesus through deeds and kindness is what I call ‘servant evangelism.’ As I reach out with deeds of kindness to unbelievers, they become open to hearing what I have to say. I understand that evangelism seeds are planted through deeds of kindness. Sometimes I give away coffee, hot chocolate or soft drinks to weary shoppers. As those who don’t yet know Christ are touched in practical, kind ways, they become curious. Often they ask me what I hope they will ask: ‘So what do you believe anyway?’ Instead of trying to make a big thing happen with each encounter, I take heart in the power of small things done with a servant’s heart” (Steve Sjogren).

A Servant Heart

“Before Jesus went to the cross, He gave His disciples an unforgettable lesson in love’s humility. The Lord of glory, Maker of worlds, the Firstborn over all creation, bent low before ordinary men, knowing full well that within hours they would desert Him, deny Him or betray Him outright. Without fanfare He washed their feet. It was only when He had finished and had resumed His seat that He made a point of what He had done: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you'” (John 13:14-15, NIV).

When the hatred of others bound Jesus’ loving hands so that He could no longer touch the pain of the few, He stretched His bleeding form upon redemption’s tree and died a ransom for the many: ‘Just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many’ (Matthew 20:28, NIV). In that act of love’s supreme service He called us all to a life of costly caring, ‘just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God'” (Ephesians 5:2, NIV) (Paul A. Rader).

“What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life? It is love! So often we want everyone to be the same—to think and speak and believe as we do. Many Scripture passages could be called to witness that love is the real key to Christian unity. In the spirit of true humility, we are to approach our problems, our work, and even our differences.”