Reaching the Lost

Becoming a Christian never means that in doing so, trials will never come upon you. In fact, quite the opposite is true especially for Christians living in countries where living out their faith is illegal and life threatening. For us in America, we have it pretty good in comparison yet we see an erosion of our rights and a decay in our society that cannot be ignored.

There is a growing hostility towards Christianity. In a recent speech, apologist Ravi Zacharias recounted this story: a freshman college student who was raised in a Christian home, began to attend a prominent university. After enduring weeks of one of her professors openly bashing her Christian faith in class, went to complain to the Dean that she felt she was being threatened and forced to be indoctrinated into other beliefs. The Dean’s response was chilling: he told her “No, you have it backwards. For 18 years you were indoctrinated, now you are being educated”.

Jesus reminded his disciples it is a blessing to be reviled for His sake (Matthew 5:11-12) and to not fear those who can merely kill the body (Matthew 10:28).

We may never be asked to give up our lives for Christ, but we may be asked to face a hostile environment or individual during our walk. After all, if we are dutifully fulfilling the Great Commission, we MUST talk with the lost at some point. Whether it is at work, in school, or in a social gathering, statistics bear out that upwards of 3 out of 10 of individuals are un-churched for one reason or another. If your circle of friends and activities revolve completely around fellow Christians, you need to seek a new hobby or activity that will place you in an opportunity to talk with these folks. Carrying out the Great Commission requires us to be intentional in doing so.

Most of us try to avoid conflict, and that’s understandable. Just remember, He is always with us wherever we go and we are to go to those who need to hear the Gospel. We never know when a simple talk might change an individual, who in turn might change the lives of many others. We must also remember it is not us who moves an individual to give his or her life to Christ, but rather the Holy Spirit. All we are asked to do is present the message of the Good News; to be nothing more than a pebble in the shoe to point them in the right direction.

I was reading a couple of sermons from Spurgeon and Moody that I found to be appropriate to this post and want to share a bit of what theses master evangelists had to say:

Dwight Moody:
“The world may call us fanatics and fools, and all that, but they cannot give us any worse name than they gave the Master. They called him Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils, and we can afford to be called fools for Christ's sake for a little while, and by and by we will be called home, and, if we will hold right on, the end will be glorious. We have got to live trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, in this dark day of infidelity, when it is coming up all around, let us hold onto the glorious old Bible, and to the blessed teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Charles Spurgeon:
“‘But, says one, ‘I know if I were to try to speak to any of my neighbors [about Christ], I should break down.’ Friend, I am not careful in that matter, nor need you be. If you are in real earnest, you might possibly do more by a breakdown than by anything else. Only break the ice and begin, and you shall find my text to be true in your case also—and out of weakness you, too, shall be made strong. God does not need your strength; He has more than enough power of His own! He asks for your weakness.”

Let us humbly walk so God can make us strong. In doing so, we can boldly proclaim His Truth to someone who needs to hear this message today!