Thursday, May 08, 2008

Chrstian Hedonism: Our Best Evangelism Strategy

Our power in drawing men to Christ springs chiefly from the fullness of our personal joy in him, and the nearness of our personal communion with him. The countenance that reflects most of Christ, and shines most with his love and grace, is most fitted to attract the gaze of a careless, giddy world, and win restless souls from fascinations of creature love and creature-beauty. A ministry of power must be the fruit of a holy, peaceful, loving intimacy with the Lord.

-Horatius Bonar
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him not just because only then do we honor Him as the all-satisfying Treasure of the universe that He is but also because when the world sees our satisfaction in Him above all else, they will notice that He is more than just One to be obeyed. He is One to be enjoyed. Nobody is looking for something or someone to obey. Everybody is looking for something or someone to enjoy. This means that not only is Christian hedonism our best evangelism strategy, it is also our best discipleship strategy.

The implications for this are staggering. Above all else, what this means is that the soul winner's and disciple maker's primary business isn't daily to talk to men, but rather daily to get his soul as happy as possible in God.

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