A Sense of Urgency
If we can bring ourselves to reflect upon the Word of God and to conclude it is REAL, then I wonder why it is so hard to see urgency in the eyes of fellow Christians. The urgency that I am talking about is this: “What is going to happen to all of those brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, family members, neighbors, co-workers and the like who have not yet heard the Gospel’s wonderful message of grace and salvation?”
There is the one nanosecond before death theory. Like the criminals next to Christ, one responded right at the end and was saved. Another thought is the road to Damascus theory, that in spite of ourselves, God will shake us up. He will bring the Gospel to our attention, with lightning if necessary. Then there is the woman at the well theory. The Samaritan woman had a personal encounter with Christ. She went on to become her community’s evangelist. There are other stories, too many to write about, that tell the unlimited ways of the Christian faith journey. So why not just let God work at His own schedule?
Solomon, the “wisest man who ever lived,” stated in Proverbs 1:26-28: “I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and troubles overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.”
The frightening thing here is that we are told God’s offer of grace comes with time limits. While we cannot, with certainty, know the length of time one has to accept Christ’s call, we know that should someone continue to reject the offer of His saving grace, God may pull back the offer.
If there was ever a reason to motivate each of us to be evangelists, it should be the people God has placed into our lives for the express purpose of hearing the Gospel, seeing the Gospel and feeling the Gospel. And the best news is that God wants His people to hear the Gospel from us, to see the Gospel in us and to feel the Gospel from our compassionate hearts.
There is no need to ever be reluctant to share one’s faith. The risk to the hearer is eternal and the risk to the presenter is non-existent. If someone you know needs to hear about Christ, you may be the only one who cares enough to tell them HIS story.
Keep a mental list of people with whom to share your faith.
View evangelism with a sense of urgency.
Consider yourself empowered by God.
Believe that your simple story of what your life was before you know Christ and what it is now that you have a personal relationship with Him is more power than any natural or man-made disaster.
Be willing to step out in faith and leave the results to God.
Where’s the Smoke, Fire and All That Shaking?
When God spoke to His people, He did so with a lot of attention-getting pyrotechnics. Just look in 2 Samuel 22:7-12. Here you find earth quakes, smoke, fire, dark clouds, rain and lightning. It is obvious that today, God does not typically speak to us that way.
Today, we have a New Covenant, based on love and relationships. However, God is still very active in the communications department. While it is God’s Word that continues as His voice, it manifests itself in many ways: His Word created the universe; gives us a history of His relationships with people; provides the Ten Commandments; became Christ; spoke through the prophets; speaks through the Holy Spirit; and speaks through each believer. Yes, this is a big responsibility. No doubt there are some who would be moved more quickly by the smoke and fire approach. However, for now, that options is not available to us.
Your tip, therefore, is to remember each day that our God believes a Gospel lived and shared has the same power as earthquakes, fire, lightning, rain, floods and more. Awesome thought isn’t it?