Have you ever wondered, if Jesus walked the earth today, what would He see when He looked at various people? Let’s say He was with you at work tomorrow morning. He would know if each of your co-workers was saved or not. Of those who are not saved, He would know in each person what seed has already been planted and whether it was about to germinate or whether it was nearly grown and ready for harvest. He would know exactly, to the second, how much time that person had left on earth and the urgency of sharing the gospel message that he or she might find salvation.
We, unfortunately, do not have all of those advantages. We know that, according to Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) we are to make disciples of all nations. We know that when we meet a non-believer and share the gospel that we may be planting a seed, or watering a struggling seedling, or preparing a mature plant for, and maybe even participating in its harvest. But we also know that it is appointed to man once to die, and after that, the judgment. But we have no idea whether the person next to us will live to a hundred, or whether they will, God forbid, die in a traffic accident on te way home from work.
The truth of the matter is, if we really believe what the Bible teaches, we must treat our sharing of the gospel with some urgency, because we just don’t know how many chances we or others may have to share.
That’s an awesome responsibility, isn’t it? But let us not be crushed by it. In Isaiah 55:10-11 God says that His word will accomplish what He intends. If we are unable to deliver a particular message on one occasion, someone else will. What we can know with confidence is that God’s will not be thwarted when it comes to a lost sheep being returned to His fold.
The fact is, God does not need us. If it were His plan, God could return ever last lost person to His fold without human participation at all. But God has purposed that we should take part in His harvest. We are not helping God, but He is granting a wonderful opportunity to take part in the most incredible miracle ever, the reuniting of God’s Spirit with dead and separated souls.
Yes, Jesus made sharing the gospel a responsibility, but is also an incredible privilege which we ought no waste.
As I read the comments to a few of my past blog posts, but most especially this one, I am reminded that many of us still believe that God has appointed us judges over the world and that our job is to point out the sins of others, whether they are born again believers or not.
Perhaps this belief that we are to point out the sins of others stems from the mistaken belief that God is still holding their sins against them. But that, happily, is not the case at all!
The Bible teaches that Jesus died on the cross for sins, in fact, He died for the sins of the world. (Please see 1 John 2:2) When Jesus said, “It is finished”, that is exactly what He meant. All sins, yours, mine, and those of the murderer on death row, all of them have been paid for by the Blood of Jesus, and forgiven by God. Quite simply, they don’t exist any more.
Since Jesus’ death on the cross, God has not been dealing with man on the basis of his sin and need to have it covered by a sacrifice. Jesus was the last, and perfect sacrifice, making further sacrifice unnecessary, because the sin problem was dealt with once, for all.
God’s dealing with man is now on the basis of faith in His Son and the restoration of His Holy Spirit, who now dwells in the hearts of all believers. (Please see Romans 8:1-2)
Therefore, it makes no sense to stand in judgment over others, telling them that God holds their sins against them. He doesn’t! That ended 2000 years ago on the cross. And that’s not what Jesus told us to do anyway. Jesus said:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
The apostle Paul had a little something to say about the importance of love as well:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I have not love, I am nothing!
So, whether we are out and about in the world living our lives, or interacting with others on Twitter or another online community, let us remember what the Lord commanded us, and love those we interact with. Rather than looking for their sin and (falsely) telling them that God holds their sins against them, let us rather look for that soul that God cared enough about to die for, and always remember that God wishes nothing more than for that lost soul to find its way to faith in Jesus Christ who loves them.
In other words Christian, BE Love To Your Neighbor!
(Note: If you have a Facebook account and this seems interesting to you, please look up Ron Estrada or John Constitution and request an invite to the Twitter Blitz evangelism group)
Would you like to get involved in a new form of twitter evangelism? Then why not try the Twitter Blitz For Jesus? It’s incredibly easy, and there are two ways that you can participate.
The first, and easiest way to participate is to go to the twitter website or to your favorite twitter app and search for #WPFTL. You should find tweets there from different people. The first thing that you can do is, retweet them. It’s really that easy to get involved.
These tweets are directed at the most popular hashtags at the time they were tweeted. So, these hashtags are those that are receiving lots of traffic. If we can have enough people tweeting and retweeting tweets using those hashtags, people will begin to notice, and to read our links. At least some of them will.
So, you’ve done the retweet thing, but now you want more. Well, there is more! First, you will need an online version of your testimony that you can link to in your tweets. If you don’t have that and don’t want to write one, you will need to find some online guides on “How to be saved”.
If you need to write a testimony, using your blog site is one good way if you have one. Or else, you can use one of the long tweet services. Personally, I use TwitLonger.com. Here is my testimony on TwitLonger. See the link at the bottom that looks like this, http://tl.gd/hcqc93? You can copy that link anywhere you want to share your testimony.
Next, you will need to find twitter trending hashtags. You can usually find these in Twitter or in your favorite Twitter app, or you can just go to #WPFTL and pick one of the most recent ones.
Now it’s time to have a little fun composing tweets. If you can fit a tweet into the theme of the hashtag that is probably best, but not entirely necessary. Be creative! To help get you started, here are a few examples:
The most famous
#4famouswords of all time! “ #Christ died for sinners” just like you and me. tl.gd/hcqc93 #WPFTL
#best90squotes When I hit bottom and looked up, Jesus was standing there with His hands reaching toward me. ow.ly/aRY4b #WPFTL
#ThereWillBeBlood for everything you’ve done wrong. Christ has already shed it for you. ow.ly/aRxFm #WPFTL
Here are a few quick tips to make our Twitter Blitz for Jesus a huge success:
Always use a popular hashtag in your tweet
Try to incorporate your tweet into the theme of the hashtag. Be Creative!
Always use the #WPFTL in your tweet so other Blitzers can find it and retweet it.
Retweet other Blitzers tweets as often as you can
Have fun, and God bless!