I remember when I was a senior in high school. I had recently experienced salvation for myself. I stared down the hallway of my school into the cafeteria where my friends were eating, laughing, and enjoying each others company. As I watched a typical day at our school, the Lord impressed this thought on my heart: They don’t know.
Many of my friends were just like I was only a few months prior – unaware of the realities of heaven and hell. They were unaware of God’s genuine and unconditional love for them. They did not even realize how deceived we have all been. Even some who had been to church did not know what it meant that Jesus had given His life for them.
God had just recently revealed these truths to me. He had just recently overwhelmed me with the problem my sin had created between me and Him (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 64:6). He had recently shown me the love of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to pay for that offense (Romans 6:23; John 3:16; 14:6). He had just become the Savior and King I had been looking for in all of my other empty experiences (Romans 10:9-10). Now I wanted others to know that they too could experience what God had done for me.
When God impressed on my heart that there were people who did not know, He began to change the way I looked at people (Matthew 9:36).
I did not realize it at the moment, but it changed the direction of my life.
I wanted everyone to know the greatest news in all the world. News that changed my life and, hopefully, would change theirs. In my zeal, I did not always approach the topic correctly. However, God began to plant a desire in me to fulfill His mission to seek and save those who are lost without Him (Luke 19:10). I wanted to be a part of the mission that Jesus has for every Christian (as stated at the end of every gospel: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21). The mission Jesus Himself gives to the early church in Acts 1:8 (which is also the outline of that book and the reason early believers existed and had the impact they had).
We all know people who don’t know what Jesus has done for them.
We all know people who have not experienced the salvation that we have. Some are brothers, sisters, parents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, students, teachers and we want to tell them.
How can we let them know?
I want to help every Christian experience God’s plan for them. Every Christian is commanded to engage in evangelism. It is not a gift, it is a command. It is not a suggestion, a nice idea, or something we hope will happen if we just live good enough lives. It is God’s plan for us to be His witnesses, to share what we have seen and experienced ourselves.
Since that experience in the hallway of my high school, I have learned a few more things about sharing my faith. Some have been good and some have not been so good. I would like to share as much of that as possible with you this Sunday at Southbridge Fellowship. If you are in Raleigh, you are welcome to join me at 10:30am in Theater 12 at the Brier Creek Movie Theater. If you are not able to come, you can still sign up for the notes for this class here: FOUNDATIONS.