I wrote this blog last year on another site and thought it worth repeating here......For the past few years almost everywhere I've gone I've been hearing/seeing the phrase 'Now is the Time' - maybe it's because I'm nearer 50 than I am 40 but the thought of eternity has been at the center of my thoughts for sometime now. Maybe it's age related, or maybe it's because I'm an evangelist - I wonder sometimes if I'm alone (I'm sure I'm not) as I see people out and about and continualy ask myself the questions: where will that person be spending eternity, why am I not doing more to share the gospel, why does the church at times feel as if it has so many other agenda's other than mission and evangelism, and why does evangelism always come bottom on many church agenda's?
Maybe I'm being unfair both on myself and the church, but I can't help but wonder if we're missing it somewhere. In John 9 verse 4 we read that Jesus said 'I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work'. This statement, as many commentators agree refers to Jesus' own ministry and the 'night' refers to the crucifixion - however, I can't help but wonder if that statement is not also a challenge for the Church to get busy with what it is called to do - proclaim the Gospel.
We live in an age of moral declination, financial unstabibilty, and increasing political correctness. An age where by-gone values have just 'gone'.
In the wake of the UK riots last year many people asked the question 'why?' I heard various polititions, celebrities, and even church leaders try to give an explanation as to why many 'normal' people would act in such an attrocious manner. In the mix of different responses I didn't hear too many people say however that the problem was actually to do with the human heart - that our hearts are 'deceitful above all things, and desperatley wicked'(Jer 9:17) and that the only solution to this heart problem is for us to come into a relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ and receive forgiveness for our sin.
I know for many, "evangelism" is not easy: fears, guilt, worries of rejection and failure surround like a fierce pack of wolves and cause us to become immobilised, like rabbits caught in headlights, but the word of God still stands. We have the many promises in scripture that declare that God is with us, for us not against us, and that he will equip us and empower us - we need not fear.
I'm stirred by the words of Peter and John, when commanded, yes commanded, to stop speaking of or teaching in the name of Jesus, the reply came: " Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.For we cannot but speak of the things which we have seen and heard" (Acts 4: 19,20) I believe we need this same boldness today, that NOW IS THE TIME.
Now is the time for us for be sharing the truth of the life giving Gospel with our family, friends, with whoever we can in whatever way we can. My prayer today is 'Lord give me the boldness to tell someone about you today' - may it be your prayer too: Now is the Time!