Take Someone With You!

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. – Romans 3:23-24

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your savior. If you haven’t, you’re certainly welcome here, and feel free to ask questions if you have them. But really, most people who aren’t following Christ right now probably don’t want to read what we have to say, and therefore wouldn’t be on here. So I’ll post as if all you readers have a relationship with Christ, which gives us eternal life in Heaven after we die physically.

Did someone tell you about Christ directly at some point before you became a Christian? Most of us will probably say ‘yes’ to that question. Now – did that person tell you inside a church setting, or outside of the church? Probably a good portion for both sides.

I want you to think about something – think about all the people at your work. Think about your friends, your relatives, your neighbors. Think about the people you see regularly – cashiers, waiters, bank tellers, etc. Over half of them don’t attend church, let alone one that preaches the gospel (there are many churches that never talk about salvation, believe it or not). As we can’t see people’s hearts we can’t make a direct correlation, but we can assume that a good portion of our population will never trust Jesus for salvation and will therefore suffer the consequence of their sin – Hell.

Envision this scenario: You’re walking down the sidewalk, and you stop at a crosswalk – the ‘don’t walk’ sign is lit up nice and bright, and traffic is going by as you wait. A person comes up next to you, but keeps going – they’re busy (we’ll say texting or checking their email on their iphone/blackberry/droid/whatever) and don’t see the warning – or the traffic. They’re oblivious – but that doesn’t change the fact that there is a semi truck in the closest lane, only a short distance away, with the driver also oblivious – changing the radio station. We have two endings to it:

1) As the person takes the step off of the curb, you stay silent. They should know better, right? They only make it about 2 steps before the semi truck smashes into them. You no longer see the person, as they are underneath the tires. Hearing the impact, the driver slams on the brakes – but it’s way too late. Bystanders rush over, curious as to what happened. Nobody witnessed the event – except you. The ambulance arrives, and hauls away what remains of the victim under a white sheet. You were not responsible for their death, but you saw what they did not. You could have saved them.

2) As the person takes the step off of the curb, you lunge forward, grab them by their coat, and drag them back onto the sidewalk. They turn around, ready to punch you in the face, until they feel the whoosh of the semi driving by, inches from them. They thank you, realizing how close death came – and with shaky hands, put away their phone so they can pay attention from now on.

Which ending is better? Which ending would you want if you were the person walking?

So many times we make excuses as to why we can’t tell people about faith in Jesus Christ. Some common excuses are: I’m too busy, they wouldn’t want to hear it, I’ll be embarrassed, they’ll mock me. Translated to fit the previous story: “I’m too busy imagining your death to stop you”, “you probably would rather check your email than listen to my warning of imminent death”, “I’ll feel stupid if I pull you back or warn you”, or “I’m afraid you might not like that I disturbed you from what you were doing”. Those all sound ridiculous, and only a cold-hearted person would actually think one of those excuses in that situation. So why do we turn a blind eye so often to those who are walking into the metaphorical street? Pride? Selfishness? Fear? Apathy? Arrogance? None of those are the character of Christ.

Yes, witnessing to people is very hard. I’m not even close to a pro at it, and to make matters worse, I’m very shy and reserved in person. Chances are we all feel nervous and scared before talking to someone about Christ. That’s okay, because Jesus will give you the strength and courage once you open your mouth to speak. Start with small conversation points or questions – ask if they go to church. Ask what they believe spiritually. Get their opinion on God, or specifically, who Jesus was. Ask if there’s anything they’d like prayer on. Just pray every day that God would bring someone into your path you can minister to, and pray that He would show you the time to talk and what to say. Don’t give up if it doesn’t go well. It’d be the same as if you stopped the walking person, they got angry (they still don’t know about the semi), and so you released them so they can now walk into the side of the semi and still end up dying.

Just try talking to someone about Jesus – if you’re horrible at it, your methods can be changed and improved, and at least you’re trying. Ask God for guidance, and He will help you. Talk to those around you – your friends, your neighbors – don’t let them miss salvation because you weren’t willing to help them!

The BOTTOM LINE: In another person’s life, you may be the only person who can lead them to Christ and eternal life. Don’t let anyone go to Hell if you can help it.

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