Is the gospel foolishness to you?
From the outside looking in, Christianity appears foolish. We read a book that tells us how wicked we are. The God we believe in became a man and died on a cross to forgive our sins. Our salvation is not based on our good deeds, but faith alone. We believe God is coming back to judge. It sounds silly, right? I mean, who believes that?!
Paul argues this very point in the opening chapters to his letter to the Corinthian church. He wants them to know that what we believe in sounds absolutely foolish and makes little sense, especially in the sense that we contribute absolutely nothing to our salvation. Yet, the only way any of us is able to believe this crazy message is through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. Apart from him enlightening us, the gospel is utter foolishness.
It sounds weird to say, but that should comfort us, especially in our evangelism. Knowing this truth, we can rest easy knowing that we don’t need the perfect argument or appeal to the gospel. Nothing we do or say will persuade someone to believe in Jesus. Our only hope is the Holy Spirit working in that person, and that is a relief. It means we can share the gospel with anyone, knowing that it’s really God who is doing the work. And if they reject our message, we know why.
So, whenever you share the gospel with someone, pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in that person’s life.
Do you trust the Holy Spirit to work in your evangelism efforts? If not, start trusting him today for the results.