Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
God doesn’t give angels the work of evangelism. That He leaves to His people, and especially to pastors, preachers, and Bible teachers.
Yet, angels can sometimes be an example to us of effective evangelism. We see this in Genesis 19, where two angels tried to persuade the family of Lot to escape the judgment about to come upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry,
saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here,
lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” (Genesis 19:15)
Tragically, Lot’s sons-in-law had already rejected the warning of the angels. They would be left behind as the angels urged Lot to escape the coming destruction and judgment on Sodom.
In the way they urged Lot, we see that these angels may serve as a pattern of evangelism.
They went after Lot, going to him and his house. Evangelism should be willing to pursue the lost sinner and their family.
They warned him of what was going to happen, and in plain words. As preachers, we should not be afraid to warn people about God’s coming judgment. When we do, we should speak plainly and directly.
They urged Lot, urging him to flee destruction. When we speak to others about eternal things, there should be a sense of urgency. We speak with great love, but with urgency.
Lot and his daughters survived this judgment. May God give us the energy, the wisdom, and the urgency to preach the gospel so that others may escape God’s ultimate judgment!
Blessings to you in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik