Summary: Maybe this will help light a fire in the outreach department.
Our Job to Do
300 million years from now what will really matter? Will it matter how much money you made? Will it matter that you got promoted at work? Will it matter that you invested enough in your retirement. Will it matter who won the NCAA tournament? Will it even matter that you finally fit in that dress that you bought a size to small? The answer is NO!!! What will really matter 300 million years from now is whether we are heaven or hell. If that is what will matter then it should be our top priority now. In 2nd Corinthians we are promised that we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Nearly every 5 seconds someone dies. That is approximately 150,000 people a day. Ever wonder where they’ll spend eternity? That is where as Christians we come in.
Mark 16:15 says, “ Go into all the world and preach the good news to all of creation.” We as believers are to be challenged to go spread the Gospel. Charles Spuregeon once said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” It is our job to spread the Gospel. Not mine alone or Bro.Richards alone. It is all of our’s. I know some of you have trouble talking to people and you prefer actions over words. The youth theme verse is Matt 5:16.. Yes we are to lead by example and be a shining light for our Lord and Savior. But think about this did someone lead you to Christ or did you get saved by watching someone.
Do you realize when you take your last breathe you will never have another chance to speak to another lost person again (unless you are lost). Since that is true shouldn’t we be adamant about reaching the lost. It is like we are having a party and everyone we invite gets a $1000.00 cash and a new corvette. We just have to give them the ticket to go. When I get to heaven I don’t want any tickets in my pocket. Do you?
So if we can’t witness in heaven and only witness here on earth what do we need to do to become good at it? What is the only way we can become good at anything? Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice. The only way to practice is to start witnessing. We must realize that when we stand before God we cannot say we shared his son too much. Practice. Practice. Practice. Can you think of someone you need to practice with? Now I am not talking about role-playing but an actual conversation. Go for it you’ll be glad you did. Now get to it.
Before we start witnessing we must change our mindset. Change the status quo. It’s not that we have to share our faith but we get to. It is not we have to go church but we get to. It’s not we get to read our bible but we get to. There are Christians in China who walk nearly 6 hours to get to go to church. They don’t go and have a “McChurch” service. Some of you won’t come if it is raining. Maybe we realize at bedtime that we haven’t read our bible yet. Have to no get to yes. By the way when we die it’s not that have to go to heaven it’s we get to. We must remember we get to share our faith.
Remember what Mark 16:15 said,” Go into all the world and preach the good news to all of creation. EVERYONE! The CEO of your company, the janitor at the plant. You do not discriminate when you share the Gospel. If you have to come off your high horse to spread the Gospel then you got problems. That elderly neighbor needs Jesus as much as her teenage grandson that plays his music to loud does. Remember this if they’re breathing they need Jesus. (repeat) How do you see your co-workers? How do you see the people that you walk past everyday? We must see everyone like Jesus does. Valuable.
What are three possible things that can happen when you share you faith? 1, they accept Jesus, 2,they reject Jesus, 3, plant a seed. When we share our faith it’s a winning situation every time. Regardless of the outcome when we share our faith we better the kingdom of God. We plant seeds regardless. That’s what he wants us to do. We don’t need to worry about rejection because it’s a winning situation. Oswald J. Smith once said “ Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work is to witness to the church is almost entirely neglected. We have to many excuses to witness.
· Fear of being rejected – winning