Otherwise They Might Not Ever Know
Louise, a quiet and loving widow in her early thirties, has led dozens of her relatives, friends and neighbors to the Lord Jesus. Nearly every Sunday she brings someone new to church with her. Many of these she has introduced to Christ during the previous week.
Once she was asked, "How do you manage to share your faith with so many people?
She answered, "I ask myself, 'If I don't tell them about the Lord Jesus, who will?' And I don't have a good answer for that. So it just seems wise for me to speak to them."
It is wise, indeed, to tell people about our Lord, for the Bible
tells us so. In Proverbs chapter 11, verse 30, we read: "He that winneth souls is wise" (KJV). Jesus promised, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). If we are not fishing, we are not following.
This reminds me of Paul's words in Colossians chapter 1: "So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ's mighty power that works within me" (vs.28-29, NLT).
That is the key: "...as I depend on Christ's mighty power that works within me." We have to depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit. And when we do, He will lead us in our interactions with others.
For example, in the course of one afternoon and evening while in Washington, I talked with five people about the Lord. Two of the people were hotel maids, one was a news boy, one a parking lot attendant, and one was an assistant to a presidential candidate. Two of the five prayed, embracing the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior. The other three responded in such a way that I believe they will receive the Lord, if they haven't already.
This is a daily experience for me, although because of my schedule I do not always have the opportunity to talk to many.
Because He loves us so much, the Lord Jesus was brutally tortured and killed for our sins. The least we can do is to tell others about Him.
If we do not, they may never know.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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