A pastor I listened to one Sunday drew this intriguing and thought-provoking scenario:
Someone has a relative at the brink of death at the hospital with no money to cater for his bills. This person sends you the money to take to the hospital so the doctor can start treatment. This is a matter of urgency. But instead of seeing it as such, you take your precious time, deciding what outfit to put on, which car to step out in, to wait for the scorching sun to set a bit and check out your look in the mirror. How do you think the person would feel when he finds out how unserious you were handling the issue?
Do you think he will ever forgive you if his relative ended up dying because of your nonchalant attitude to the urgent situation? Probably not.
Regrettably, many Christians portray this attitude when it comes to sharing the Good News to people who have gone astray. The world continues to blur the line and paint over the ugly nature of sin with pleasure making scores of people entangle themselves to the point of suicide with their indulgence. We may not see them as dying people as they are the ones with enough energy jumping from one wild party to the other so do not see the essence to treat the matter as one of urgency.
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. You only have life in the truest sense when you abide in Him and He in you. This means, the farther one is from Him, the ‘deader’ he is (lol…I hope you get the picture). With the rise in terrorism and violence on our streets, you can never tell when you are going to see someone for the last time.
This isn’t the time for us to get comfortable and play church politics and think of what else to do to make our meeting places more ‘plush’ to people’s admiration. It’s time to go out there and tell that depressed soul that Jesus loves him/her and He died and rose for her so there’s hope.
Maybe your line of work or your life won’t allow you to get on your church’s evangelism team bus and go to remote areas to share the Good News. You have neighbours, friends, relatives, colleagues, customers you interact with every day. I understand some of us fret over the idea of evangelism: what am I going to say? What if I fumble with my verses? What if he asks a question I have no answer to? What if I have to say isn’t enough?
You don’t have to be the most eloquent or the most knowledgeable of the Bible to do this. Jesus loves you. He died for you. All you have to do is believe and invite Him into your life as your Lord and Savior. Simple words backed by the Holy Spirit is all it takes to win that soul over to God.
It’s an emergency, God’s people! Let’s stop dragging our feet and go out there and shop for souls for God. He’s counting on us. You and me.
© Josephine Amoako 2017