What if we treated evangelism as an emergency? How would the way we interact with others change? How would our daily lives change? How would we change?
I began pondering this today as I was watching our Child to Camp video that will be shown tomorrow, March 21st at our Child to Camp Celebration at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church at 7 (shameless plug for our event). The song in the video is "Tears of the Saints" by Leeland, which if you haven't heard it I will put a link to it, because the message is life changing. The lyric that really gives me a sense of urgency says, "There are many prodigal sons, on our city streets they run, searching for shelter. There are homes broken down, people's hopes have fallen to the ground, from failures. This is an emergency!"
This idea of lost people's situation being an emergency is an odd but critically important concept to grasp. Romans 10:14 gives us an insight into why people must hear the Gospel from God's children: "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" And then in Matthew 9:37, Jesus says,"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."
If you can understand the urgency of evangelism, you have two choices. First, you could simply say, "I don't care." The only other choice is to say, "I am going to do something about this." In an emergency situation there are those who stand and watch, and the heroes who do something. Many times there is nothing special about these "heroes." They are normal people who decide to do something about an urgent need. I ask today that you wold be one of these heroes.
Knowing that people will only believe if told (Romans 10:14), and that there are many who would trust in the Lord but only a few who will tell (Matt. 9:37), how could this change our lives? There are people that would put their faith in the Lord, but there is no one to tell them. What will you do about that? There are people hurting and without hope. What will you do about that? There are people who have lost faith in God and His Church. What will you do about that? There are people dying in our world who have never gotten the chance to hear the Gospel. What will you do about that? I am not asking these questions rhetorically. If you have an idea on how to reach the lost, please post it in the comments and I would love to help in any way I can. As a camp family, let's make a conscious decision to reach the lost and be heroes. This is an emergency. Father, we will lead them home.