Why the lack of urgency? Waking up this morning and sitting in a favorite coffee shop trying to understand some questions that I have. Before I reveal my question, I want to share a story that I heard about 30 years ago.
A group of adults from our local church participated in a short-term missions trip to Poland to assist with the construction of a seminary. I was a fairly new believer and probably for that reason, I was very eager to learn about all that was going on. Wallace Tingen was now 70+ years of age and was a really respected man in our church. Wallace had served as sheriff years before and now in the time I had known him, he was very involved in the ministries of the church; Sunday School teacher, Baptist Men’s leader, prayer warrior, etc). Now Wallace was invited by the Poland missions team to become a team member. I recall Wallace asking, “what will I do since I’m an old man?” Reluctantly, he went with the team to Poland.
Upon the teams return, they took the opportunity to share with the congregation about their adventure. It’s been many years, but a couple things still stand out for me.
Wallace Tingen shared that his job on the missions trip was to be a “truck driver” but not just any truck driver. He drove a wheelbarrow filled with mixed concrete. Back and forth from the mixer to the job site, he drove a wheelbarrow each day. And I remember the excitement in his voice as he shared how he was able to serve. But more vivid than that part of the story was his walk each day to and from the worksite. Wallace told us about the local pastor, who while walking along the dirt path to and from the worksite each morning and evening, stopped to share Jesus with many passersby. I remember hearing Wallace share with us, “He (pastor) wanted everyone to know Jesus.”
This morning as I drove to the coffee shop, the Holy Spirit impressed a question upon mind and heart: “Are we eager to see people receive salvation in Jesus Christ” and if we are, “Are we eager/passionate to tell people about Jesus and His gospel?”
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:16-20 English Standard Version
The evidence clearly points to God, but the Gospel (Good News) of Christ is a message that is to be shared. People don’t just know Jesus. I suggest that the gospel of Christ will not be shared faithfully by the religious nor will it be shared faithfully by those whose own lives have not been transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
So as I conclude and until next time I ask, Are we genuinely interested in seeing people saved from eternal separation from Christ, transformed by the power of HIs gospel, and set free from all guilt and shame? Let’s tell others about Jesus!!! Carlyle Hall, Jr., serves as lead Pastor at Castalia Baptist Church. Your comments/questions are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlyle Hall, Jr.