Penn Jillette, a famous magician atheist, once said, “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” Evangelism seems so scary. For an introvert like me, the thought of striking up a conversation with someone I don’t know tires me out. I still get anxious talking to someone I know on the phone. Don’t even get me started on the pressure to not speak about God in today’s society.
But the point of this post is not just about telling others about God, but it’s about this passive mentality Christians take about sharing the Gospel. So often I scroll down my feed and see all the terrible things happening and I often see so many comment how they with Jesus would come soon and end it all and take us all to Heaven. It makes me think, what about them? The people out there who are still lost? The people who have never heard the good news? I include myself in this when I say that sometimes we just want Jesus to save us from our discomfort but we don’t stop and think about those who don’t have someone to hold on to.[Tweet “The same hope Jesus gives us is what we need to share with others.”]
Keeping Jesus to only make us happy and bless us, but not sharing His redemptive side to others is a selfish thing to do. So often I see something on the news and just say how sad it is, but rarely do I stop and pray for those people, for hearts to change so less bad things happen, and for people to turn to God. We hate watching bad situations happen but forget to think about the people that are actually in those situations and how much they need a savior.
Ever since I read 1 Peter 3:15 it became one of my favorite verses. It says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” As Christians we must always be aware of those around us and fully be aware that all some people need is hope and to experience Jesus’ sweetness, just as we have. This is more than just evangelizing to fill more seats in a church. This is more about stepping outside of ourselves and analyzing why we’re not telling people about God and only looking for God to move in us. Why do we see bad things happening but we don’t stop and pray for the people in the darkness? God will surely come and protect us, but let’s also share the light and spread hope as we were meant to do.