I wanted to share with you a story that my husband and I heard at a Pathways class a few years ago. The speaker that day was telling us of a vision that she had, a vision of the lost. In this vision she saw a large group of people huddled together making necklaces on the side of a cliff. Then scattered sporadically, about the edge of the cliff, were a few people spread out every 500 feet or so. All of a sudden thousands of people started running towards the edge of the cliff and the people who were spread out were trying to save all the people from falling off the cliff, but there were too many, and they couldn’t save them all. While this was happening, the group in the corner just sat happily making necklaces, even though people were falling off the edge of the cliff to their deaths.
Wow!! Sometimes we, like the group making necklaces, forget how important it is to step outside of the walls of our church and share the Gospel to those in need. Now don’t get me wrong, being a part of a church is a very good thing, but if we are not sharing the Gospel with the outside world, then what good are we doing? For that is what we were commissioned to do; to spread the message of our Savior Jesus Christ.
My friends, we should not be ashamed to talk about our Savior. For God is not ashamed of us. If we truly love him and are saved then how can we be ashamed to speak about Him? How can we keep silent to the masses when God has delivered us from such a gruesome wrath and given us eternal life? As children of God, indwelt by His Spirit, shouldn’t we be driven to proclaim His greatness? Why would we say to ourselves that we are too scared or afraid to tell others about Christ. It is a blessing from God Almighty and we should not with hold that from others. For if we truly love our friends, family members, co-workers, etc., then we would share the Gospel with them.
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
If you are ashamed of Christ, then He too will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father. I for one, do not want Christ ashamed of me at his return. We need to be sharing Gods Word whether or not we afraid to, whether or not we offend people, whether or not we believe we are smart enough or strong enough for the task. You see, it doesn’t matter what we think or how we feel. What matters is what God has called us to do.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” Matthew 28:20
We are not to hide our beliefs and keep them only for our Sunday services. We are to specifically set them on a lampstand, so that all may see the light of Christ in you…
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 8:16
Oh how guilty I am! I don’t know about you, but this seems to be one of the things many of us struggle with. Why is it, that this is so hard to conquer? What holds us back? Considering the day’s we are in shouldn’t this feed our desire to let others know about the Lord? If the harvest is truly plentiful, as the Scriptures say, shouldn’t we believe Him for that?
Today, lets break out of the box, stop making necklaces, stand on the edge of the cliff, and start saving people from falling over the edge. Bring them to the very one who saved your soul! Bring them to Jesus!
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38
Love you all!