We are all called to do the work of an evangelist. Most of the time, we prepare tools and strategies to reach out to the lost people in campuses. Although this is important, preparing our hearts is equally valuable in being an effective minister of the gospel. Evangelists aren’t just about what they do, but also about who they are. This is evident in the life of Philip in Acts 8.

Philip is a preacher of the gospel who reached out to both crowds and individuals. The Lord used him to preach the gospel to the Samaritans, a group of people who were divided from the Jews because of their intermarriage with their Assyrian enemies. He also preached the gospel to people from different cultures and races. Social stigma and cultural barriers never stopped Philip to reach out to the lost. From his story, we can see the following characteristics of the heart of an evangelist:

 

1. Empowered by the Holy Spirit

An evangelist listens to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to the crowds in Samaria then to the eunuch from Ethiopia. The Holy Spirit who leads us to preach to crowds is also the same Holy Spirit who leads us to minister to an individual.

Preaching the Gospel to an individual is as important as reaching out to a crowd. The Holy Spirit gives us sensitivity to people’s openness and the power to preach to both groups and individuals.

2. Compassionate toward lost people

An evangelist discerns and cares for lost people. It is important to see the lost the way God sees them, and to feel what God feels for them.

An evangelist does not do campus outreach activities for the sake of fulfilling a responsibility. An evangelist actively reaches out to others because his or her heart bleeds for people who have not had an encounter with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

When Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to the eunuch in a chariot, he ran after it. In the same way, we pursue people we care about knowing that their eternity is at stake.

3. Characterized by wise boldness

Boldness is important in preaching the Gospel. Yet boldness without wisdom may become problematic. Philip did not hesitate to approach the eunuch, but he listened to him first to know his spiritual readiness.

Wisdom also helps us see opportunities where others see limitations. It helps you easily spot chances to make Jesus known to other people in different settings. It teaches you to know when and how to minister to your seatmate in class or to your high school friends. It is important to ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment as we become bold in preaching the Gospel.

4. Compelled by the Gospel’s power

Lastly, an evangelist’s heart is compelled by the power of the Gospel. The assurance of the transformation of a person lies in his or her faith in Jesus. A minister of the Gospel entrusts people to the power of the Gospel for transformation, not to the Christian campus culture.

We desire people to be transformed by the Gospel, not converted to a status or lifestyle. Let people be attracted by the genuine love and affection that comes from Christ. The purpose of this is to lead them to Jesus, and not to ourselves. People who had a real encounter with the Gospel can be even more on fire than you even after graduation.

 

May we all have a heart that is controlled by the the Holy Spirit, compassionate toward lost people, characterized by wise boldness, and compelled by the Gospel’s power for people to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Having the heart of an evangelist enables us to see and seize every chance for lost people to be saved. Let us preach the Gospel at every opportunity then the transformation of people’s lives will become a reality.