“America might be the hardest missions field..”- Mike Hixson.
In the High School I attend, I have talked with many teenagers who dress nicely and are polite. They might play a sport, make great school grades, have tons of friends, have good jobs, and even might enjoy going to church (once in a while). They seem very confident with themselves and their lives.
Now, I’m not saying all these things are bad, because these things are actually really good! If you are saved and have friends, this is a blessing! And if you glorify God with working hard at sports and school, this is great! The problem is that these things give the unsaved a false security. Most people in our very prosperous country believe they don’t need Christ. If you present to them the gospel, they might say, “Yeah, that sounds sweet, but I don’t think I need Christ…Really I have everything I could wish for…”. How can we reach out to people like this and not be discouraged? Here are some things that we can remember.
They are still sinners and are in need of a Savior.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” — Romans 3:23
Things on earth are temporal. Christ gives eternal life.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; ..” — Matthew 6:19
Though they might look for security in everything they do, they are still empty, fallen and without Jesus they have no eternal hope.
“Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the common wealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” –Ephesians 2:1
If you encounter people like this and share the gospel with them and nothing seems to happen, don’t get discouraged. Remember that only God can change people’s hearts. Though they might look like they have everything they need, in the eyes of God they are poor, blinded, and in desperate need of redemption. Just keep praying and praying and showing Christ-likeness to them. Love them and remember you were once without hope. Don’t give up on praying for their salvation. They might never accept Jesus for Lord and Savior, or they might even ask you to pray with them, but regardless of the outcome, know that if you proclaim Christ to them, you have obeyed God and that is exactly what He wanted you to do.
Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”
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