“Servant evangelism” is a style of presenting the gospel, not so much with words as with service. For instance, passing out free coffee or water as people walk into a football stadium or washing cars for free or offering to clean local businesses. My church has participated by going into poorer neighborhoods and giving away smoke detectors at no charge, including installation.
Simply serving people in the name of Jesus is very disarming. In fact, I once heard of some Christians who offered to scrub toilets in a local adult book store for several months. Impressed with their humble spirit, the proprietor was eventually receptive to the gospel even without overt preaching.
Since servant evangelism works so well, is it any wonder it is starting to make the devil pretty nervous? Success in the kingdom of God triggers attack by the kingdom of darkness. I’m talking about a back to school servant evangelism project initiated this year at a major U.S. university.
Christian students decided to offer to help new students move into their dorms free and with no strings attached. Opposition has arisen and there is an attempt to make them quit. I’m not sure of all the detailed but I’m sure of one thing; it is an example of what Paul tells us; “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
If the devil gets nervous, that’s great. Let’s cheer that and step up the heat with even more projects. I say overload him so much he will be more than nervous; let’s give him a nervous breakdown.