What if our friends’ eternal destination hinges on us telling them about Jesus? Seriously...what if — amongst a silent apostate post-modern Church — it now takes the testimony of a VOCAL Christian, stepping outside their safety zone, as the ONLY chance some people will ever have at Salvation?
I mean...where else are the LOST ever going to hear the Gospel? Churches? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Anymore, most churches are nothing more than social clubs with a cross stuck on top. Especially the mega-churches, the ones I check out these days...most can't even SAY the word Jesus, let alone tell others about His bloody Cross. Although, to their credit, most of these fugazis find a way to sneak It into the benediction.
Now, see...I already know what you’re thinking, ‘That isn’t true!', right? Yeah, you're shaking your head, thinking,"Oh, EVERYONE's heard about Jesus and His FREE gift of Salvation', am I right?’
It was back in early 2005 — about a year after my conversion — and I had moved back from San Diego, and was working with my good friend Eric Lefton in Chicago, at Foot, Cone and Belding, the ad agency. One day, I popped down to the commissary, for a cup of coffee...and all of a sudden, I find myself in a full-blown conversation with a lady — someone I’d never met before — and I’m telling her how Jesus CHANGED me, a few months earlier. For the life of me, I can’t even remember how the whole thing started. But then, if you know ME...you look at me cross-eyed, and I’ll start telling you how FANTASTIC Jesus is.
But I’ll never forget, as I’m talking, this very nice woman had the most inquisitive look on her face, and she would occasionally shake her head — like she was having trouble grasping the truth of some unbelievable, improbable tale — after which I finished and she sorta stammered, then said, “That’s the most amazing story I’ve ever heard. I’ve been living and working downtown Chicago for 20 years, and I’ve NEVER met anyone who believes like you.”
And that’s when I realized — in this wicked, post-modern atheistic age, where Satan works overtime to cloud the minds of good people to the truth of Salvation through Jesus Christ — most people may NEVER actually hear the presentation of the Gospel...that Jesus ALONE Saves through Faith ALONE.
That is...if you and I don’t tell them.