Teenagers, Please Share the Gospel
I glance toward the front door from where I’m sweeping in the kitchen. “Oh, Mom, looks like some Jehovah’s Witnesses!”
Mom emerges from the hallway and graciously answers the door, explaining to our visitors, thanks, but no thanks. They accept the offered tract and go on their way to the next house.
While I don’t agree with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I think we can learn some things from them. Honestly, when was the last time we went door to door sharing our faith in Jesus? For that matter, when was the last time we even randomly shared the Gospel with anyone?
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His disciples (and that includes us) one final instruction.
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
Brothers and sisters, we have a commission. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says we are ambassadors for Christ, to implore people to be reconciled to God. It’s true, God could have chosen other means to bring people to salvation, but He chose to enlist us. He gave you and me a job to do. Are we carrying it out?
Perhaps the cashier you talk to just found out they have a cancer, and are scared to die. Maybe your friend feels like no one cares for them and is thinking of ending their life because they have no hope. What if that person you meet at library ends up in a fatal car crash on their way home?
And we have the answers.
Why ever are we keeping silent? Because we’re scared of what people will think of us? Because we’re afraid of not having the right words? Why? This is a lost and dying world we live in. Every day thousands of people cross the great divide. Maybe we could have told them.
I am learning in this, too. These are questions I am asking myself.
I must ask though, what does it matter if people think we’re weird? We’re following Jesus and to the world, yes, we will look like radical nuts. But in the scope of eternity? It doesn’t matter.
If we had discovered the cure for cancer, I bet you we would be out telling everyone we could so that their loved ones could be spared. We have the cure for sin and have been sent to tell others about the Good News. Sadly though, I think too many of us are being quiet.
Yes, they won’t always listen. Yes, they will sometimes laugh at us. But our job is just to be faithful. It’s a comfort to know that it’s not our job to make people accept Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says that Paul and Apollos planted and watered, but it was GOD who gave the increase. Our mission is just to tell of Him and trust Him to grow the seeds planted. But how will the seeds be planted if we do not plant?
My fellow warriors, let us be faithful to share this glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us step forward in His victory and raise our swords high as we tell others about how they can be saved from the wrath to come.
So tell that cashier Jesus loves them. Leave that tract in the restroom. Attach that Bible verse on the end of your comment. Share with your friend what God has done in your life. Wherever we go, let’s spread the news of salvation.
For Him and His glory, charge forward faithfully!