D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones noted that the thrust of a Christian’s spiritual life seems to be determined by the thrust of their conversion experience. One who is cajoled into the kingdom with little information will have to be cajoled throughout their Christian life and be content with little information. One who is led to Christ through a personal relationship will also find it natural to be discipled to strength in Christ by a mentor. Therefore, personal and relational evangelism sets the pattern for the healthiest path of spiritual growth.
Personal evangelism also benefits you. Ask anyone who has done it. There are few joys like seeing the Lord turn the lights on in a person’s heart where you are guiding but not pushing the process. It is like watching a fetal monitor everyday as a little one is formed in the womb. 1 Corinthians 3:9 says that we are co-workers together with God, and discipling someone to Christ is one of those times when you really feel that you and God are working together as a team. Wow! What a privilege!
Most of all, sharing you faith benefits the Lord. You obviously consider Him worthy if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and risk rejection by telling others about Him and what He has done for us. If He blesses you with the opportunity to lead someone to saving faith, you have helped to create one more worshipper of Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory!
Excerpt from “Fostering the Harvest” An evangelism workshop available from Biblical Ministries Worldwide.