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A Sobering Thought On Evangelism

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.

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June 21, 2012 - Posted by | Evangelism, God's Grace, Salvation | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. This is a good way now that technology allows us to communicate through these means of communications I could say that we are trying to make His word known all around the world, I just hope He finds what we have done for our relatives and neighbors good enough. God bless you in His Divine Will!
    Roberto

    Comment by alvarober5 | July 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Isn’t it odd that we sometimes have the hardest time witnessing to those who are closest to us? I wonder why that is?

      In some cases, family members are not open at all to the Gospel message and insisting on sharing it only brings about dissent, which is sad. I think when this is the case, the best we can do is to pray that the Lord will bring other people and situations into their lives that they may be moved toward the Gospel and belief in the finished work of our Lord.

      Comment by johnconstitution | July 4, 2012 | Reply


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