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“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
—Proverbs 11:30

I once read that 95 percent of Christians have never led another person to Christ. Why is that? Someone might say, “I’m not gifted to be an evangelist.”

That may be true. But even though you may not be called to be an evangelist, you are called to evangelize.

The idea of world evangelism can seem daunting and overwhelming, but it is doable. It’s sort of like that old question about how you eat an elephant. The answer is one bite at a time. How do we reach the world with the gospel? One person at a time. God can use every one of us to bring people to Jesus Christ.

Start where you are in the sphere of influence God has given you. Start by sharing your own personal testimony of how you came to Christ. I think we overcomplicate evangelism. If it were not possible to lead others to the Lord, then why would He call us to take His gospel to the world?

Proverbs 11:30 tells us, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” And Daniel 12:3 says, “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

God wants to use you to turn people to righteousness. But as you share your testimony, emphasize what Jesus did. He gave up His life for us. The heartbeat of the gospel is that He died for us on that cross.

Conversion is the work of God and God alone, yet He has called us to be a part of the process. Without God, man cannot. But without man, God will not—for the most part. God wants to reach people through people.

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