We evangelise because we’re happy

Yesterday England cricket fans were sent into delirium by one our best ever days of test cricket. And to make it even better, it was against the old enemy, Australia.

In case you don’t know what happened, on the opening morning England bowled Australia out for just 60 runs before lunch. No side has ever bowled another out in the first innings so quickly. Stuart Broad took 8 wickets for 15 runs. By close of play Jo Root had scored a century and England were firmly on top. In my office it was all we could talk about. This morning England declared on 391, a lead of 331. Australia started their second innings well, but then wickets starting falling in quick succession.

If all this is meaningless to you then let me summarise by saying people were describing yesterday as England’s best every day of international cricket.

I do have a serious point in this. Mid-afternoon someone posted the following message on the BBC text summary:

I’m so happy I want to go up to strangers and tell them the score. Is this what being in a religious cult is like?

The answer is, or ought to be, ‘Yes, this is what it’s like.’

The key to mobilising people for evangelism is not berating them, but making them so happy in Jesus they want to go up to strangers and tell them the good news.

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