3 Ways Evangelism is an Act of Worship
I love how our worship pastor leads us in worship. There’s definitely a difference between leading in a song vs. leading in worship, and Robin Zaruba has mastered the art of creating the atmosphere where God is the center and only audience.
But worship doesn’t stop on Sunday. We worship in many ways, and evangelism is not the least! In fact, worship can occur in the most unusual ways. Take Abraham, for example, in Genesis 21:2, 4-5 —
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” NIV (emphasis mine)
Honestly, this convicts me. Abraham considered this an act of worship despite how he might have viewed God’s command. While there’s a host of things to say about this passage, I’d like to offer 3 comments about it. At the risk of sounding negative, I want to begin with 3 misconceptions that we may have about worship.
Misconception #1: Worship is not based on my opinion of the method. Surely, Abraham had an opinion of God’s direction. I could hear him think, “But You’ve given me promises regarding Isaac! This doesn’t make any sense!” Nevertheless, Abraham obeyed. There are no comments in Scripture of him questioning God. God doesn’t ask for our opinion, but for our obedience. Worship is an act of obedience.
Misconception #2: Worship is not based on fulfilling my desires. Abraham, most likely, grew up in a culture where human sacrifice was common. So perhaps that’s why he didn’t think this commandment was so strange. However, this doesn’t mean he didn’t love his son, and it doesn’t mean he didn’t have the intense desire to sacrifice something/someone else. But Abraham considered it an act of worship to sacrifice his desires in order to obey God. Worship, indeed, is an act of sacrifice.
Misconception #3: Worship is not based on how I feel. There are many times when I don’t feel like worshiping. I can’t imagine what Abraham felt as he tied up Isaac. Looking into the confused eyes of his son must have been torture. But Abraham knew God’s promise of a nation coming through Isaac. And he trusted in God despite how he felt about the issue. For Abraham, worship was an act of trust.
So it is with evangelism. When we view evangelism as an act of worship, rather than a chore, then our perspective changes. There’s more passion for telling the truth about Jesus with someone.
And evangelism is worship when we realize it as…
- an act of obedience,
- an act of sacrifice,
- an act of trust.
God has never asked for our opinion on evangelism, but for our obedience.
God calls us to sacrifice our desires which could easily distract us from evangelism.
God wants us to trust Him despite how we may feel about evangelism.
Indeed, evangelism is an act of worship!