Organic evangelism is natural and relational while it’s still organized and focused. Versus machine-like evangelism is more forced, routine, and formulaic. Like a machine. There is no emotion involved, there’s no genuine relationship. Machine evangelism is more of a one-way street. Organic evangelism is a relationship. It’s a two-street. Someone speaks, the other person responds. Organic evangelism involves the emotional love of Jesus. Machine-like evangelism is pure actions and no compassion.
Another illustration is organic evangelism is like organic fruit. It’s supposed to be that way. If you eat it, then it has good long-term effects. Versus Machine-like evangelism is like a synthetic fruit. It might be fast and produce more volume. It’s cancerous and has long-term negative effects.
Organic Evangelism is Based on Relationship
First, healthy evangelism comes from relationships. We see this same foundation with Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16, ESV)
Everything that God did for the world was based out of love. Whenever love is involved, there are always relationships. there’s always nurturing. there’s always care. There’s always prayer. Jesus was very fruitful and very focused and diligent. He remains with godly discipline and organization. Everything Jesus did came from a place of love. Love is the motivation, foundation, and journey of fruitful evangelism.
Fruitful Evangelism is Lead by the Holy Spirit
“But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.” (Gal 4:29, ESV)
Organic evangelism is led by the Holy Spirit, not manmade strength. Evangelism can be born from the flesh and born from the spirit. If born from the flesh it will war against the Spirit. In that, there is pride, selfishness, anger, judgment, and the remaining fruit of the flesh. That which is born from the Spirit will love, love, peace, patience, kindness, and so forth.
One way that you practically birth evangelism from the spirit is prayer. Pray about everyone you will reach out to. Here is a simple way of doing this:
- Create a list of 300 people that you know.
- Separate them between people that are closest to God and far from God.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to highlight specific people that He’s already working in.
This is a faith process! It’s always better to move by what the Holy Spirit is saying. versus seeking to cold call and shotgun everything and see if something’s going to happen. You could go where the Holy Spirit is versus working to do it on your own.
Evangelize from Love
Evangelism comes from a genuine call of love. The best place for spiritual love to be born is from scripture and meditation. Try praying for the lost with a group of friends, or your local fellowship. Start praying for the lost by name. pray scriptures over them. pray encouragement over them. Get God’s emotions and plans for them. Before you evangelize, you want God’s perspective for them. Then it makes it much more natural when you come in contact with them.
Evangelism Comes with Commitment
Everything comes from a place of commitment. Knowing that you’re not just evangelizing t but you’re really in there for the long stretch. In some situations, like Philip the evangelist, he was there for only like a moment in time. In a lot of other cases like with Jesus, He would continue walking with people after he evangelized them. Those that followed Him would follow Him everywhere. Jesus was in there for the long run. You see that a lot with his disciples. Jesus kept them even to the extent of death. Even when He died, He imparted His Holy Spirit. This commitment is how we are called to evangelize as well.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” (1Co 3:6, NKJV)
Apostle Paul said that some plant and some water. Then God is the one that makes the seed grow. We too have to be not just committed to the planting, but also the journey of the watering. In that process, God will naturally let the seed develop into discipleship from evangelism.
Trust Overtime Equals Eternal Fruit
The foundation of evangelism and discipleship is the principle of trust between the two parties. The more transparent we are about your weaknesses, the more of deep response we will have from others. The more you share about your testimonies and breakthroughs, the more we will inspire others to press in for the same victory. Humility creates trust. By building humility into our relationships, we also testify that we are not self-righteous.
Trust also creates a place where people can relate to you. From that place of transparency, authenticity and commitment come together. Those are the building blocks for long-lasting fruit and a long-lasting relationship.
Conclusion for Effective Evangelism
In conclusion, organic evangelism is very natural and very relational. It’s built from commitment. And it is built over a long period. When evangelism works hand in hand with the same principles of discipleship, we have long-lasting fruit.