Perspective in Evangelism

(Here's a devotional I wrote a while back that I thought would be good to share on a Sunday. Enjoy!)

Perspective. It's a word we're all familiar with, the window through which we see our worlds. How we interpret what we see is also related to our perspectives. Just as a library may hold an appeal for a book lover like me, someone who would prefer to play video games may view the collection of books as boring.

I Corinthians 1:18 says: "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God."

As Christians, the cross should empower and motivate us. When we think of the love it took for Jesus to come to earth and shed his blood for us, it should ignite in us a passion to share that same love with others. Though the world may condemn us, we can be emboldened by the cross.

As we spread the gospel, our success may be limited. But even when we're feeling down or meeting difficulties, the cross remains a steadfast source of hope. Instead of dwelling on our own difficulties, we should focus on Christ's sacrifice.

But an unbeliever holds a vastly different perspective. When they think of the cross, they may know the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, but may dismiss it as religious nonsense. They have no steady, unfailing source of hope like Christians. And little do they know it, but they're drowning in their sins.

Their position can be compared to that of a man's trapped in a pit of quicksand. As it drags him down, he struggles to free himself. Then, someone tosses him a rope. What is he going to do? Will he ignore it and keep trying to free himself? Maybe he will be too focused on the swiftly sinking sand to notice it. Or, will he grab hold of it and let someone else pull him to safety?

Although the answer may seem obvious, many people today are trying to free themselves from their sins through their own strength. But folks, the cross has taken care of all your sins forever! You don't have to strive on your own to free yourself, because Christ already did.

People will still deny the power of the cross. But does someone's denial of the cross change the truth? No! As always, the truth of the Bible prevails. Just because the drowning man in the example doesn't see or choose to recognize the rope doesn't invalidate its existence. It is still within his reach, ready to save him, just as God's simple plan of redemption through Jesus Christ alone remains to those who except it. Our job as Christians is to alert unbelievers to the saving power of the rope, the cross.

And the more we as Christians keep the cross in our minds, the more motivated we will be to spread its message to the world.

And even though many unbelievers will still view the cross as foolishness despite your best efforts, perspective can change. Just think of Saul. He's the perfect example of the most hardened heart's perspective changing through the grace of God.

And I think that's why this verse is one of my favorite Bible verses. It's more than just a statement; it's a call. A call to rally Christians around the cross to achieve a common goal: being the change this world needs by spreading the power of the cross.

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  1. Wow, this is awesome, Jonathan! I'll admit I am not quite this poetic in my devotional writing :P Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Oh, and I totally just got the pun in your blog name with relation to your last name the other day XD

    And I'm now a top-notch ninja?! How cool is that? Thank you :D

    1. Thanks! I'll say I'm probably not normally as poetic as that either, but it was written as a speech, so it HAD to sound PERFECT. ;)

      Haha yeah I've got a thing for puns... not much for fishing, but still. :)

      Yep. Congrats! :P (And you're totally welcome.)

  2. This post brings up a very good point. Too many Christians don't try to understand the perspective of the unbeliever and come across as uncaring or judgmental. Perspective is a big deal when it comes to sharing the gospel.

    1. Indeed it is! Thanks for commenting, Jenna! :)