“And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest). That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city. Adam, that is beside Zaretan, and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.” (Joshua 3: 15-16)
I. God gives the command
1. For the priests that bare the ark, it was necessary—commanded that they get their feet wet in the flooded banks of the Jordan. (Joshua 3: 9-13)
2. Likewise, the Christian is commanded to get his/her feet wet in teaching God’s word (Matthew 28:18-20)
II. God’s Instructions are clear and concise
1. God did not leave it to Joshua’s discretion as to how to cross the river Jordan. (Joshua 3:9-13)
2. Likewise, God has given us specific instructions in evangelism.
A. The child of God is told to “Go” (Matthew 28:19; Mk16:15)
B. The child of God is told to “teach the Gospel” (Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16: 15), and no other gospel or philosophies of men. (Galatians 1:8-9)
C. The child of God must teach God’s word in its entirety. (2Timothy 3:14-17; 4:2-5)
III. God promises to be with all those who obey Him.
He promised to be with Joshua and Israel (Joshua 3:7)
He promises to be with us as well. (Matthew 28:20)
IV. Satan will try to flood the Christian’s heart with those things that would prevent him from obeying God, from “Getting his feet wet in Evangelism.”
A. The flood of fear—Satan wants us to be afraid to teach others about Christ. He tries to make evangelism a frightening thing by creating misconceptions about it in the minds of Christians everywhere. Some misconceptions are:-
1. You have to go far away from home to be involved in evangelism.—On the contrary, often times the most effective evangelism is not accomplished by speaking to the masses on foreign soil. It is done at home, work or school, sitting across dining room tables sharing a meal, one soul at a time; friends, co-workers, neighbours, family. Don’t let Satan deceive you into thinking you are ineffective if you do not teach in some foreign country. While such is necessary and commanded, it is not the only form of evangelism.
2. I do not know enough to teach someone else.—Satan wants us to doubt our knowledge and ability to teach others. While we will never know the answer to every question we may be asked, we must understand that there comes a time in every Christian’s life when we ought to be teachers. (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 3:15) at the very least, the child of God ought to be able to share with others the plan of salvation, and the hope we have in Christ Jesus. If we cannot do this, then perhaps this is where we need to begin our personal study of God’s word.
B. The flood of doubt—Satan wants the child of God to doubt that God will do what He has promised to do. God has promised to be with us, but Satan wants us to feel alone and afraid. Satan doesn’t want us to remember passages such as (Philippians 4:13) “I can do all thingsthrough Christ which strengtheneth me.” He magnifies our weaknesses in an effort to shrink our courage. The child of God’s only defence against Satan in the word of God, for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:5-6)
C. The flood of procrastination—Satan is the originator of Procrastination. He loves to deceive man into always assuming there will be a tomorrow. Forgetting that tomorrow is no guarantee. (James 4:13-17) Procrastination in evangelism is a sin. It is a choice not to do today what we know we ought. It is arrogant to assume there will be a tomorrow. Teaching the lost should take precedence over all else. This point is well Illustrated in Jesus reply to the man who asked to put off following Jesus until he buried his father. Jesus told him to, Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:60) Stressing the importance of setting cares of the world aside and putting God first. (Matthew 6:33)
Getting our feet wet in evangelism is a command requiring both faith and obedience. The child of God must continually resist Satan’s attempts to flood our hearts with fear, doubt and procrastination. We must have the faith of Joshua, and the priests who were willing to get their feet we at God’s command. When we obey God we know that HE will be with us and HE will do all that He has promised.