If your house is on fire, what do you do?
Do you hope someone will come along and get everyone out, or do you work like mad to wake the people up and get them out of the inferno? Well, the house is on fire, and you are right here. It’s time to start working like mad to wake the people up and save them from the coming flames.
In diverse places around the world, Christians are under attack. Entire villages have been destroyed in Nigeria, just in the past couple of weeks, with hundreds of people murdered because they claimed the name of Jesus Christ. It’s against the law to own a Bible in dozens of countries. Christian churches are targets of government harassment and physical attack in more places than we can keep up with. In the United States, there is a concerted effort to have crosses, prayer, and expressions of faith removed from public view and exercise.
Now, more than ever in our lifetimes, we need leaders who will stand in the gap in prayer and speak the truth of Christ into this generation.
But, who will these leaders be? Where will they come from and where will they lead?
We, brothers and sisters in Christ, are the leaders this generation and this time requires. Jesus said so Himself. He told His followers to “Go!” He told them to, “Make disciples of all nations.”
He was talking to you and me. He was telling us that the house is on fire and we are the chosen to show the people the way out.
One of our biggest mistakes, as believers, is to think that only certain people are responsible for sharing the gospel. The message of Christ is not just for the trained or the ordained to tell. It is for the rescued and redeemed to proclaim. That’s us. All of us who have been washed in the Blood should be shouting it from the housetops. Jesus died for our sin, was raised back to life, and will be coming back to take us with Him. It is time, right now, to be making sure our families and friends and coworkers and neighbors are ready to go.
It’s time to show Jesus to our people. It’s time to share the Good News of Christ wherever we are and in whatever we do.
It is time to love and serve and give like Jesus.
It is time to wake up, you sleeper, and invite the neighbors to the wedding feast. There is no time to waste and no excuse that will cover our failure to act.
We have brothers and sisters literally dying for Christ, how do we dare keep the miracle of Christ quiet, especially when we are in no danger for the sharing?
- Pray for the people in your circles of home, work, and community to be open to the urging of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to arrange opportunities and openings for you to share Christ.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words you need and answers to questions that may be asked so you will be ready when the openings occur.
- Cultivate the fruit of the Spirit by keeping a close relationship with Christ.
- Love the people God has placed in your path, without judgment or condemnation.
- Live out the joy that Jesus came to give everyone who follows Him.
- Encourage others with words filled with life and love.
- Forgive always as you have been forgiven.
- Follow the example of Christ and establish relationships with others in order to share life together, encouraging and edifying one another.
- Share the Good News sincerely, kindly, joyfully, gratefully, compassionately, and peacefully with all who have ears to hear.
Brothers and sisters, there is work to be done and not enough workers to do it. Jesus is coming soon. Plant the seeds now, while it is still daytime, and when He returns He will gather a great harvest of souls. Surely there is no one we want to leave behind.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 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, the send out workers into His harvest field.
Matthew 9: 35-38, NIV