I don't know about you, but for me and a lot of people the word evangelism fills us with dread. The thought of having to convince someone that they are a sinner and the truth of Jesus just seems inmountable. This is if you think that we live in a fallen world. Which we don’t. Have a look:
...through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. - Col. 1:20 (NLT)
Note the verb tenses in this verse! He already made peace! The verb tense for "reconcile" in the Greek is aorist - indicating a perfective aspect in the past. The act is not ongoing or repeated . The aorist tense describes an action pure and simple. It has nothing to do with the future. Jesus is not "one day" going to reconcile the earth. It is over and done with.
And the beauty of this word reconcile... In this particular passage it should be translated "fully reconciled" because the word used here is apo-katalasso. Just "katalasso" in itself means "reconcile" and is made up of two words: kata - meaning down to an exact point, and alasso - to change. This word was originally used for exchanging money and was later applied to marriage. To reconcile is a complete turn-over. From being an enemy to being a friend. From being two to being one. From being bad to being good. From being ugly to being beautiful.
The world is already reconciled to God! It is no longer under the rule of the enemy, it is not bad and it is not ugly. And really, when I look at the mountains around the place where I live - how could I ever say that it is cursed? Such breathtaking beauty! And when I look at people around me, how could I insult God by saying they are bad when they were created in his image!
So evangelism (which literally means ”sharing the gospel”) is just to tell people they are already in! Or in the words of Benjamin Dunn:
Salvation did not happen when you believed or when you heard the gospel, but when Jesus swallowed the darkness. It becomes REAL to you when someone preaches the gospel. Faith is just the sweet agreement with what has already taken place.