#1 A desire to reach a disoriented culture.
We live in a spiritually confused society. John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” Christianity is not one of many religions. It stands alone in contrast to all the others.
You might be saying, “Well, what’s this have to do with evangelism?” The answer is everything. For if we don’t believe that people who reject that Jesus Christ is the Son of God will spend eternity experiencing a separation from God than why do we need to bother to tell them about Jesus Christ?
#2 A desire to love the lost.
The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” Christ’s love compels us to have a love for the lost.
The highest motivation we have for sharing our faith is love. Saved people aren’t any better than lost people. Christ is the One that makes the difference. A love that communicates that you mean so much to me that I can’t fathom you being separated from God for eternity that’s the love that we’re striving for.
Some might say, “Ah come on! Hell is a concept conjured up by preachers to guilt trip people into good behavior and attending church.” But if the Bible only spoke of hell even one time we would have to believe it. But the Bible doesn’t speak of hell one time, it’s talked about 54 times. And do you know who spoke of it more than any other? Our loving gentle Shepherd Jesus Christ. In fact, He went to incredible lengths so that those who placed their trust in him will never have to go to such a place. Our motivation in sharing our faith is that we have a concern for those who do not yet know Christ and if you believe that people are really lost and they are apart from the Lord then it is the height of selfishness to fail to point them in the direction of Jesus.
#3 A desire to imitate Christ.
Christ sets the example for us. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.” That’s why he came.
#4 A desire to obey Christ.
It’s more than just following his example, it’s also striving to be obedient of what he asks of us. Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission, Jesus’ last words to us before he ascended to heaven, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Obediently He asks us to tell others. Because what it does is it proves to others that Christ truly is on the throne of our lives.