Last time, we concluded with the point that believers will not be condemned to Hell for failing to evangelize to our fallen world. That said, there is a heavy consideration that goes along with it.
Let’s take a moment to consider is Christ’s parable of the three servants (Matthew 25:14-30). A master, preparing for a long trip, left three of yis servants with an allotment of silver. Two of those servants invested the Master’s money and were happily rewarded well for their good work when he returned. The third though did not invest the Master’s silver, returning it to him as he received it. What did the master tell him? “Throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
Makes you think, doesn’t it? It really should. However you take the parable, there is another question before us: How many people are going to go to Hell because you didn’t reach out to them? How many will suffer for eternity because we would not leave our comfort zones long enough to share with them the Truth? Let me tell you a little story:
In Las Vegas, there is a famous magic act by a pair of entertainers known as Penn and Teller. Penn Jillette, the leader of the duo, regularly records a little video for his vlog after shows, and on one night in particular he recounted an amazing story (click here to see it for yourself).
One evening, after the show was over, Jillette was speaking with one of the audience members who participated in the act. The man complimented Penn on how the show was and then handed him something. It was a little New Testament and Psalms book.
Now, Penn is an atheist. Even so, he was apparently quite moved by the gesture. In his video he repeated how nice, and sane, this gentlemen with the Bible had been. And then he went on to say something surprising to many people. He went on at length about how he doesn’t respect people who do not proselytize, or share the gospel. He simply doesn’t respect those people who won’t share their faith because it may be “socially awkward.” As he put it, “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”
This is coming from an atheist! Penn Jillette is not a believer in Christ, yet his words seem to cut deeper to the point than many I’ve heard on the topic! How much do we have to hate someone to believe in everlasting life in the glory of God and not share that!
That’s something to think about, isn’t it?
How many people are already gone that we each could have reached? How many eternal lives could have been saved? How many people could we have warned about that truck barrelling towards them?
Don’t get me wrong here: I’m absolutely guilty myself of this failing. If you feel the shoe fits, then know you are not alone because I put those shoes on everyday as I think about what I could, and should, have done differently to have been a better example to those who may have been influenced. I think about that every day…
The message continues next time…
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