Witnessing: A Matter of Life or Death
James 5:20 Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the
error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Lets say that you are out at the lake one day
and you spot a drowning person. What would you do? Would you ignore their desperate
condition and turn the other way? Or would you throw them a life preserver? If you are the
decent person I imagine that you are, I am confident that you would try to do something to
save that poor soul.
Similarly, each day you probably come in contact
with dozens of people who are drowning without Christ in their life. For them, its
only a matter of time before they will go down for the last time, unless someone like you,
who has a life-preserver, can throw it their way and save their life.
Christ is the Only
The Bible says that every person who dies without
their name written in the book of life will spend all of eternity in the lake of fire.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of
fire (Rev. 20:15). The only way anyones name is added to the book of life is
by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (Rev. 21:27). The Bible says
that Jesus is the ONLY way that we can be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). So this means that
all those without Christ will be destined to suffer endless torment in the unquenchable
flames of Hell forever, and ever, into the fire that never shall be quenched
God does not want anyone to be lost. The Lord
is... not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2
Peter 3:9). This is why He sent Jesus to become a sacrifice for the worlds sins
(John 3:16). However, who is going to tell them about this life-saving news? Who is
willing to throw them the life-preserver that can save their life from the horrible
consequences of eternity in the lake of fire? ...how shall they believe in Him of
whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans
The responsibility of delivering the life-saving
Gospel to the lost has been committed to all believers. Thats right, ALL believers,
not just ordained ministers, evangelists, or missionaries. In fact, the Apostle Paul said
that the ministry of reconciling people to God has been given to all those who have been
born-again, whose old life has passed away, and all things have become new. ...if
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus
Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-18).
Christians must understand that this is a very
serious responsibility. It is a matter of life or death! The consequences of what we do
may determine the eternal destiny of our friends, family, or acquaintances. There are
individuals who may spend eternity in Heaven with Christ because we told them about Jesus
Christ. And even more sobering, there may be those who suffer eternal torment in the lake
of fire FOREVER, simply because we couldnt find the time or were too
embarrassed to talk about Jesus!
Dear believer, was Jesus embarrassed of
you when He hung on the cross with blood spurting from every part of His body? Did Jesus
have a problem finding time to suffer for you, as He dangled for hours, nailed
to a brutal, splintery cross? Of course not. And neither is there any excuse for any
believer who tries to justify their apathy for the lost!
It certainly is not your responsibility to tell the
whole world about Christ. But it is indeed your duty to tell your world, those
you live with, who you work with, or your friends and family (Mark 16:15). You are their
missionary that God has sent to them, and its very possible, you may be the only
opportunity that some may ever have, to hear the message that could save their life. And
if you decide not to say anything, not to warn them, to do nothing, the Bible says that
their blood could be on your hands for eternity (Ezek. 3:18-19).
Jesus was not ashamed to suffer and die for us, let
us neither be ashamed to share His life-saving message to the lost! Thats all He
asks. Just share His message. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the
Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Fathers, and
of the holy angels (Luke 9:26).
A Four-Step Plan for
Effective, Daily Witnessing
(1) Live an honest and Godly life, daily, before
your family, friends, and co-workers, as a good witness and testimony of Jesus. Your
efforts to share Christ will have little effect unless they are backed up by a godly,
(2) Memorize or mark verses in your Bible relating
to salvation, and equip yourself with tracts, literature, or invitations to Church that
you can distribute or leave in conspicuous locations.
(3) Yield your life to the Holy Spirit daily, and
pray fervently that the Lord will cause your path to cross with someone whose heart will
be open to the message of Christ.
(4) When the opportunity arises in casual
conversations, share your testimony of how you found Christ. If you sense their heart is
open, or when they continue to ask questions, go further and invite them to pray and to
accept Jesus. Invite persons to Church where they can hear more about salvation and how to