It is a simple question with a simple answer. Yet we ask, “Why don’t we see more of it?” or “Is it really my responsibility?” We understand what the Bible says about reaching the lost. We’ve read Matthew 28 and Acts 1. We hear the words of Jesus echo in our minds. We have seminars and provide conferences and resources. There are so many ‘how to’s’ that I think we have forgotten the ‘what for’!
Statistics indicate 92% of Christians will not share their faith. Why? It could be for a number of reasons, such as a fear of speaking—yet we talk about our favorite team or food. Perhaps it’s a lack of training, but when an evangelism conference is offered it’s the lowest attended training of them all. Could it be that Jesus is just not that high on our list of things to talk about?
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but please agree that souls are at stake and we should be willing to do, or say, anything to keep them from an eternal hell. Remember, we are asking, “Why Reach the Lost?” I say, “Why Not!” Isn’t that part of the joy of the Christian life, walking this path so that we can bring others along with us? Even if people don’t agree with us or doubt what we’re saying, we can be like Philip in John 1 when he was asked, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” His response was only this, “Come and See!”
Dwayne Lee is the Associate Team Leader of the Bible Teaching/Leadership Resource Group of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.