Last month, I explained that if you're not motivated to share Christ out of grace, it will not be enjoyable. I answered the question, "Why share Christ out of grace?" I now want to answer, "What does it look like when we do?" I have four thoughts, all related to one another.
Sharing Christ out of grace means recognizing that from an eternal perspective, a relationship with Christ is all that really matters.
Many things are important but compared to eternity, one item alone stands out far above all the rest: "Where will a person spend his eternal destiny?" 1 John 5:12 says, "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." If we are motivated by grace, we must recognize that we are the recipient of God's favor in many areas, but in no area are we more indebted to God than our salvation. Overwhelmed by favor in the most important area of life, we should then be compelled to share that with others. Had God not extended favor there, all other favor is obsolete.
Sharing Christ out of grace means living for something that will outlast earth.
Since grace—the favor we do not deserve—relates to people, we should live our lives for people who last, not things that pass. We absolutely echo what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20: "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy." Build a building, and someone can tear it down. Lay a sidewalk, and someone can tear it up. Lead someone to Christ, and no one can undo that. When we evangelize out of grace, we see reaching the lost as a way to live for something that will outlast life itself. This is a legacy that centers on eternity.
Sharing Christ out of grace means seeing God as on our team, not on our backs.
Claim excitement in your evangelism, because you know that God has promised, "…lo, I'm with you always…" (Matthew 28:20). The One who is within us is there in any situation we could face and He is there to help, not to reprimand. Whatever circumstances, fears, and struggles we may confront, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). We should therefore be overwhelmed that the One who saved us, the One we are representing and presenting is our closest companion and helper. We can face anything in evangelism with the divine power that lives in us. When we share our glorious King, He is there all the time, all the way.
Sharing Christ out of grace means knowing that no labor in evangelism goes unrewarded.
We know that salvation is completely free and available to anyone anywhere. No amount of human merit or work could obtain that gift. Even still, there is a difference between salvation and reward. All saved people get to heaven based completely on their trust in Christ who paid for their sins on a cross and declared, “…It is finished…" (John 19:30). At the same time, though, all saved people are not equally rewarded. In the last chapter of the Bible, Christ promises, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12). We are undeserving of any reward, but no labor goes unrewarded in heaven. All things done in a proper way with the proper motive are recognized by the King of kings because our God of grace desires to reward those who faithfully serve Him. As believers, we should look forward to that day when the One who gave us the privilege of evangelizing says to us, "…Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21). With some people, we may simply plant a seed for the gospel. With many, we may water the seed that someone else planted. With others, though, we may see them actually trust Christ. Both he who sows and he who reaps have reason to rejoice (John 4:36). Christ Himself recognizes and rewards all labor in His name. Nothing and no one go unnoticed.
When the above are examined carefully, the differences are striking between one who evangelizes out of grace and one who does so out of guilt. The privilege and excitement we feel when we evangelize out of grace causes us to refuse the question, “Do I have to?” Instead we consistently ask, “Why would God let me?” Praise God for such grace!