Christian Life, Church Life

“I Don’t Care About Evangelism”

I’m writing this from one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been: Yosemite National Park. My friend Wes and I went camping and later today we will go hiking. I may write on the park later, but for now I’m going to talk about something we spoke about over a campfire last night. He made a statement that I’d like to elaborate on. He said “I don’t care about evangelism…I don’t care how it’s ‘supposed to be’. ” There was a time when I would have called him a “lukewarm christian” for saying such a thing, but not now.IMG_1742

In thinking about what he meant, I (Jesus in me probably) came up with an analogy to help explain what he means to someone who may still be eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (see Gen 2).

Think of a mechanic: (s)he has a whole variety of tools from which to work with, depending on the issue that needs to be dealt with. For some issues you use a spark plug, for others you need a hatchet wrench (I actually don’t know what a hatchet wrench is, but I’ve heard of it and it sounds better than just saying wrench), and so on. 🙂 So it is with Jesus: he has an infinite variety of tools with which to work, depending on which issue needs addressing. Evangelism is a tool, so are all the practices that we typically associate with being a Christian: singing praise songs, Bible reading, outreach, discipleship, quiet-time, meditation, etc, etc, etc…

I can admit that for a long time in my life I took the place of The Lord and presumed to know which tools were needed for which issue. In retrospect that’s about as foolish as me going into a mechanic’s shop and trying to fix my car on my own instead of going to the mechanic and letting him do it. (I’d probably end up damaging my car worse anyway!)

So I agree with Wes: I don’t care about evangelism, I don’t care about bible study, I don’t care about discipleship… I don’t care anything about any of these tools. I care about the mechanic!!! Now, if the mechanic choses to use the tool of evangelism, or discipleship, or bible study, well in that case The Lord is in it and I will be as well.

It may seem like a subtle difference, but its as important as the difference between the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In the hand of the master mechanic Jesus, a practice is saturated with Life, in the hands of a well-intentioned Christian that is not led by The Lord, a practice is saturated with the Knowledge of Good.

My walk with The Lord has actually reflected this belief for some time, but I needed the Body (in this case Wes) to put it into words that I hadn’t thought to before. Thanks to Wes, and thanks to Jesus!

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    kenneth dawson
    August 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

    oh yes that is a great way to put it–I have always said that to understand our whole relationship with the lord we have got to understand what took place in the garden of eden–and in that story it all boils down to who or what you are relying upon to live your life–if you rely upon satan,its death–if you rely upon yourself,its defeat–if you rely upon another human its deception–but if you rely upon your God,the originator of life,you will live and you will be pleasing in his sight–how do we know?well look at the results–adam and eve relied on the wrong person and ate from the wrong tree–but Jesus relied on his father and ate from the right tree–continually–and look where he is now–follow suite.

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    Bridget Babione
    August 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    “I don’t care about the tools. I care about the mechanic!!” Yes and Amen!!! So simple, yet so profound and utterly life changing.

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    Meagan
    August 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Loved this!! Bill did too and he said there is no such thing as a hatchet wrench (I think you are thinking ratchet wrench). Okay, so I was actually thinking about what you wrote about yesterday but didn’t have the words behind it like Wes said.

    We have a few neighbors that moved here to plant a church (sound familiar??). I was mistakenly included on a group text (with 14 people) yesterday that said “I’m praying for you guys to reach your goal today! You can do it!” The responses (from the other various numbers) were people saying various things like, “I got 47!!” or “I have 81! 19 more to go!” I had no idea what they were talking about, but since I was included on the text messages, I figured I could either tell them I reached my goal five minutes after I woke up or ask them what they were talking about! I did the latter. The neighbor explained that they had a campaign going on at their church to spread the gospel that week! I immediately felt overwhelmed by the burden that they all must be waking up feeling!! They WERE ATTEMPTING TO GET NUMBERS!!

    The cool thing about this whole campaign thing, was that my other neighbor (who is not a believer and I’ve been hanging out with a lot), was on the same message. She had no idea what they were talking about because she has never experienced institutional Christianity. She has been very turned off by their constant requests to attend their bible study. What it did was opened up an opportunity for me to tell her a little bit about the Lord that we live by and not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So after all the constant group texting of people reaching their goals, the Lord opened up an opportunity for me to share a little about his life….I guess I reached my goal too. 😉 one.

    Love and miss you guys!!

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      R.C. Babione
      August 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Wow and AMEN!!! Thanks for sharing, sister!

      Love and miss you guys, too!

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      Thomas
      August 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Woah Meg’s that’s pretty cool (and sad as well). We def miss y’all 🙂

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    Brenda
    August 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Amen!!! and Amen and AMEN! Jesus, you are worth so much more than any “tool” I could be distracted with.

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    Nick
    August 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Yes! The mechanic knows what tools are needed, and when. He’ll hand them over when it’s when!

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      Thomas
      August 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thx for reading nick; have fun in gville!

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    Nathan
    August 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Great post brother I love the examples you gave it made it very easy to understand.

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    Hayley
    September 9, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Loved this post after a day of interesting insights with Christ this was the pièce de résistance

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