Lately, I'm sobered by what I read in the news and by what I see happening in the world each day. Are we close to the end of the age? Prophesies are coming true and things seem to be lining up in that direction. Yet as we approach this cataclysmic end, what is our obligation as the children of God?
I came across this verse the other day and it really struck me.
When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. Ezekiel 3:18-19
Do you know people who are lost? Neighbors, friends, co-workers, family members? Maybe you've invited them to church, maybe you've tried to be a good example in front of them, maybe you've given glory to God for the good things in your life, but have you really explained to them what Jesus did on the cross and warned them of the wrath to come?
It's not a very popular theology in churches these days. In fact, I've never heard a sermon on Hell and I've never heard a sermon based on this verse above. Have we missed the mark? Have we somehow become complacent about Jesus's last command to spread the gospel throughout the world?
What keeps us from telling people the hard truth? For me it's...
Fear of rejection
Fear of confrontation
Both self-centered reasons revolving around ME and what people think of me. But do you know what really frightens me? Standing before the throne of God and having my neighbor or my friend or God forbid, my sister, trembling beside me because they are about to be tossed into Hell for all eternity. And they turn to me and say "Why didn't you tell me?"
What keeps you from sharing the Gospel with others?
Time is short.