As the years have gone by, we contemplate the heroism displayed on September 11th, 2001 with an incredible feeling of pride, because of all the firefighters, police officers, and ordinary citizens who went above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow Americans in a time of dire need. Faced with remarkable adversity countless stepped up; in a heroic show of brotherly love, they died struggling to save others.
“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew.” -President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
Many Christians find reasons not to share the Gospel. We often make excuses because we’re scared. I totally understand: giving the Gospel can be a scary thing! Why might we be afraid to share the Good News? Perhaps we don’t know how to start or what to say. Maybe we’re afraid to “mess up” the Scriptures.
In reality, though, usually our excuses are much less noble than ‘concern for God’s Word’. Usually we refuse to tell others about Christ because we don’t want to look stupid or be rejected. Simply put, we are more concerned about our reputations than sinners’ souls.
I have used almost all of these excuses at one point or another, but recently the Lord has been changing my mind. He’s been showing me how important He is and how desperately people need to hear about Him. This week I’ve been witnessing to a friend of mine, and I have realized for the first time the Benefits of sharing my faith. As I’ve been searching the Bible to answer my friend’s questions, my faith has been strengthened; I am reminding myself what I believe and why I believe it. I’ve also been a bit convicted how little of my Bible I know; searching the Scriptures for just the verse I’m looking for reminds me how crucial it is that I know my Bible thoroughly.
I won’t say that my old excuses are non-existent; in fact, they are very near to me. I am a bit nervous that I will lose my friend; I’m still kind of concerned about my reputation (unfortunately). However, by sharing God’s truth with an unbeliever, I am being faithful to God’s command. My pastor once said, “God does not call us to be successful – only to be faithful.” Even if my friend never talks to me again, she will have heard the of God’s saving grace.
We can only control our actions: will we share the Truth or not? God controls the outcome.
“Lost time is never found again.” -Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750s.
This proverb is a convicting one. It is not exactly a command, but we can easily draw one from it. Do not waste your time. Use it wisely. Time flies by so quickly; one moment, and it is gone. It continues to rush by us in an uncontrollable river. In vain, we try to grasp it, but it slips out of our reach as it fades into past eternity.
Don’t do things you regret, for you cannot change time’s direction to get it back. It is gone.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” -Colossians 4:5
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” -James 4:14b