As sinners, we are impressively proficient at rationalizing sin. I know because I possess this innate capability. From not taking out the garbage to not attending church, we convince ourselves that our lack of action and obedience are justified. Sometimes it is, but more frequently we are simply giving excuses to avoid performing our responsibilities. The Great Commission falls into those responsibilities that we rationalize our disobedience.
Specifically, when it comes to the evangelism aspect of our Christian lives, we are quick to assess the situation and quickly dismiss it as the inopportune time to share the message of God. We have a variety of recurring reasons that we use, two of which I have previously analyzed (1). In continuation of that series, this article examines another myth we utilize to convince ourselves that our evangelistic efforts are unfruitful: I don’t know enough.
With this excuse comes one of the few times that a person is willing to admit that they have a limited knowledge. In many other circumstances, we are quick to give commentary, assessments, and speculations, but bring up the topic of Christian faith and the conversation goes strangely quiet. However, an honest appraisal of this excuse unveils the notion that what we say is not what we mean; in fact, it reveals the following heart issues:
- Response: First, it’s not merely not knowing enough that people are concerned about, but it’s a fear that one will not have the right response at the right time which will leave them looking unknowledgeable or embarrassed.
- Responsibility: We have misplaced the responsibility in evangelism, shifting the burden of salvation from God to ourselves. However, only God has the capability to save.
- Reliance: Finally, such a response indicates a lack of reliance upon the Lord. Even when we don’t know it all, the Lord will use what we do share.
Therefore, the myth that a person does not know enough to share the gospel generally comes from other factors that inhibit one’s willingness to step out and share.
Overcoming the Reality
While we may utilize the phrase, “I don’t know enough” in order to avoid our evangelistic responsibilities, this does not have to be the case. In fact, there are four basic principles that we can employ to overcome this:
- Pray: The most fundamental principle is to pray. Prayer places you in a position of acknowledgment of your inability, submission to the Lord, and reliance upon Him.
- Share: Share what you do know, through the Word and your personal testimony. It does not have to be complicated.
- Point: Point the other person to Scripture; it is far more convicting than our words.
- Study: Finally, study. The more you are in the Word, the more apt and able you are to share it.
Four simple points that overcome our excuses, but they require that you be intentional in putting them in place.
In reality, we will never know enough, because there is so much to know. Therefore, as long as “I don’t know enough” is utilized as an excuse, nobody will ever hear the gospel because we will always be convinced that we don’t know enough. Yet, if the good news is really good news, then it is good enough to share.
(1) You can read previous articles in this series by clicking the links below:
- The Myths of Evangelism #1: People Aren’t Interested
- The Myths of Evangelism #2: I Don’t Have the Time