Sharing the Gospel: A Matter Of Life Or Death
James 5:20 Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the
error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
How much do you value the life of another person? Most of us are quick to help, or to call 911, whenever we see anyone in a life or death struggle. Especially around bodies of water, I've seen people respond heroically to cries for help... by tossing a lifebuoy, a rope, or even plunging in, to pull a drowning victim to safety.
Similarly, each day you likely come in contact with dozens of people who are drowning without Christ in their life. For them, its only a matter of time until they will perish, unless a believer like you, who understands the life-saving of Christ, will respond and extend the lifebuoy of the Gospel that can save their soul from death.
Christ is the Only
The Bible tells us that any person who dies without
their name written in the book of life, will spend all of eternity in the lake of fire.
...anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of
fire (Rev. 20:15). And the only way anyones name is added to that book is
by putting their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord (Rev. 21:27). The scriptures tell us
that Jesus is the ONLY way that anyone can be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). So this means that
all those without Christ will be destined to suffer endless torment in the unquenchable
flames of Hell forever, and ever, ...into the fire that never shall be quenched
However, the great news of the Gospel is that God doesn't want anyone to be lost, and jhas provided a plan of reedemption. The Lord is... not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This is why He sent Jesus to become a sacrifice for the worlds sins (John 3:16). However, who is going to tell them about this life-saving news? Who is willing to throw them the life-preserver that can save their life from the horrible consequences of eternity in the lake of fire? ...how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14).
The responsibility of delivering the life-saving
Gospel to the lost has been committed to all believers. Thats right, ALL believers,
not just ordained ministers, evangelists, or missionaries. In fact, the Apostle Paul said
that the ministry of reconciling people to God has been given to all those who have been
born-again, whose old life has passed away, and all things have become new. ...if
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus
Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-18).
Christians must understand that this is a very
serious responsibility. It is a matter of life or death! The consequences of what we do
may determine the eternal destiny of our friends, family, or acquaintances. There are
individuals who may spend eternity in Heaven with Christ because we told them about Jesus
Christ. And even more sobering, there may be those who suffer eternal torment in the lake
of fire FOREVER, simply because we couldnt find the time or were too
embarrassed to talk about Jesus!
Dear believer, was Jesus embarrassed of
you when He hung on the cross with blood spurting from every part of His body? Did Jesus
have a problem finding time to suffer for you, as He dangled for hours, nailed
to a brutal, splintery cross? Of course not. And neither is there any excuse for any
believer who tries to justify their apathy for the lost!
It certainly is not your responsibility to tell the
whole world about Christ. But it is indeed your duty to tell your world, those
you live with, who you work with, or your friends and family (Mark 16:15). You are their
missionary that God has sent to them, and its very possible, you may be the only
opportunity that some may ever have, to hear the message that could save their life. And
if you decide not to say anything, not to warn them, to do nothing, the Bible says that
their blood could be on your hands for eternity (Ezek. 3:18-19).
Jesus was not ashamed to suffer and die for us, let
us neither be ashamed to share His life-saving message to the lost! Thats all He
asks. Just share His message. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the
Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Fathers, and
of the holy angels (Luke 9:26).
A Quick Four-Step Plan for Daily Witnessing
(1) Live an honest and Godly life, daily, before
your family, friends, and co-workers, as a good witness and testimony of Jesus. Your
efforts to share Christ will have little effect unless they are backed up by a godly,
(2) Memorize or mark verses in your Bible relating
to salvation, and equip yourself with tracts, literature, or invitations to Church that
you can distribute or leave in conspicuous locations.
(3) Yield your life to the Holy Spirit daily, and
pray fervently that the Lord will cause your path to cross with someone whose heart will
be open to the message of Christ.
(4) When the opportunity arises in casual
conversations, share your testimony of how you found Christ. If you sense their heart is
open, or when they continue to ask questions, go further and invite them to pray and to
accept Jesus. Invite persons to Church where they can hear more about salvation and how to