It is wonderful to be reminded of God's love and promises. The Apostle Peter declared, "The Lord is not slow about His promises, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9).
The word "all" declares God's desire to bring every man, woman, boy and girl to Him. This is done through evangelism. It is important to remember that the "why" of our existence is to tell the Good News of God's unspeakable love for "all" people - thus the importance of an Acts 1:8 strategy of reaching the world for Christ.
For California Southern Baptists, that means sharing the Good News with those living in communities throughout our state.
In recent years there has been great interest in international missions and reaching the world, rather than in crossing the street or walking next door to talk with our neighbors about Jesus and His love, hope and peace. I enjoy introducing myself to others, which most of the time leads to a spiritual conversation. Not every conversation leads to a person receiving Christ, but I am obedient in doing my part so the Holy Spirit can work in people's lives.
Many times we don't know the impact of our witness.
Some time ago I preached in a church in another state. During the invitation, many came forward. The congregation was singing the last verse of the invitation hymn as a woman began her way to the altar. As I bent to minister to her, she hugged me and began crying.
She reminded me of a revival I preached 25 years ago. It is one I'll never forget because during those five days, no one professed Christ as Savior. I left feeling like a complete failure. The woman told me that in the car on the way home after the final service, she asked her mother if she could receive Christ like the pastor said. The woman told me she invited Jesus into her heart that night and that He has given her great peace ever since.
To my knowledge, that young girl was the only person saved during that revival.
Only eternity will reveal the lives impacted because of your daily witness. Please don't let anyone take away the joy of telling the story of Christ. Believe me, "His Word will not return void."
Why not start across the room, next door, down the street, at work or at school?