Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. – 2 Corinthians 5:9-11
We all know that God has called us to be disciples of Christ, and to make disciples of all nations, but how many of us really practice that?
A lot of Chrisitans don’t believe that evangelism is important, or, if they do believe, they think that it is best left up to the “professionals”. Despite what we may believe, what does the Bible say about this?
“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6
God the Son came all the way from heaven to seek the lost and to die for them. The Holy Spirit has bene in this wicked world for nearly twenty centuries, helping the church seek and win the lost. If reaching lost sinners is so important to God, it ought to be important to us. (1)
While we are not all called to be mass evangelists, like Billy Gram or Greg Laurie, we are all given the responsability to reach out to those that God brings into our lives. Jesus suffered and died so that we may be set free, why is it that, after being forgiven, we can not even bring ourselves to tell the lost about Jesus’ sacrifice for them? Jesus bled and died for those that are lost, and we don’t seem to care about the lost or about Jesus enough to share His love with them.
We all think that it is someone elses job, well what would have happened if the disciples thought it was someone elses job to star the church? The church would have never been started. Now the task has fallen to our generation, and we push it off and try to avoid it.
If we want to please God, then we need to do the work that He has set out for us, the work that Jesus came for and left for us to continue. If we know what judgment will be on people who die without Christ, then we must try with every fiber of our being to persuade them to surrender to Jesus Christ.
We don’t need to wait for a huge evangelical rally to witness to someone; it only takes one person to witness to one other person to make a huge impact for Christ and turn that person’s life around. Do a Google video search for “The Man from George Street”. It is a short 5 minute video, but it has a powerful message of what just one man can do when he sets himself to do the Lord’s work, even when he sees nothing in it for himself.
It’s time that the Body of Christ pick up their Bibles and starts to do the work of Christ. Jesus didn’t come and die so we could all be Spiritual Couch Potatoes. Jesus paid much too high a price for that.
(1) “On Being a Servant of God“, Warren W. Wiersbe, page 110
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