15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
New Living Translation
I try to do this, but it’s hard to do at times. Most of the time I’m quiet. I say nothing. However sometimes I do speak up and tell others about Jesus. I defend the scriptures. However unlike some with other religions; I don’t defend God because I rely on Him to defend me. But this too is difficult. I am human with a sinful nature.
I have never gone to a Bible college, or a seminary. I have never had any Bible training at all. (except for some home Bible studies) basically I am untrained in speaking, teaching, preaching, or anything about the Bible. Compared to many of you, I am uneducated.
However I have many times over the years told people about Jesus. I have told people about Heaven and Hell. About God’s judgment and more importantly His grace. Grace that we can not earn but can have freely from God. I have talked openly about the true Living Lord Jesus to anyone who comes to my door.
So if I, an uneducated man, have done this, and if many of you never have; what is your excuse for not telling others about Jesus? So many of you are much more qualified than me.
Some may say “What if I mess up?” All of us mechanics as well as Do-It-Yourself people have scraped our knuckles. Does that stop us from ever working on something again? No of course not. We love building or fixing things. What if someone on a bicycle (there are lots of people riding bicycles in the Northwest) take a tumble on the road or the trail? Would that person never ride again? If that person loves riding, of course he or she will ride again. What about those of you who loves baking? If you burn something you will still keep baking? Of course you will.
Years ago I asked someone why he didn’t tell people about Jesus. He said that here in America everyone has already heard the Gospel. They already know the truth and just need to believe. That’s like saying that since everyone has already heard of Ford and Chevrolet, these companies no longer need to advertise. Right now I’m sure that the CEOs, and business owners, and managers are laughing at the idea of not advertising. We must not keep God’s word a secret.
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
One day a Mormon asked me, “Would a loving God send anyone to Hell?”
To that I answered, “YES, because of our sins, our wrong doings. That is why He sent us Jesus. To save us from our sins. (our wrong doings) If we believe in the true Jesus, the Lord Jesus, we will be saved from Hell. But only through Him and Him alone.”
Of course he didn’t like my answer.
A long time ago I used to have a canoe. Since we used to live only a few hundred yards from Puget Sound, I would often go canoeing after work. One day a childhood friend of my wife wanted to go for a canoe ride but was afraid. She had heard that all canoes were tipsy and that she would tip over into the water. My wife and I told her she was safe, but she wouldn’t believe it. Once when she finally got into the canoe with me, the canoe rocked back and forth. She was scared. I told her to turn around and face me. She did. I told her to hold on tight and watch. I then rocked the boat just as hard as I possibly could. The water came up to about two inches from the top and no more. “See? We won’t tip over.” I told her. She then turned around and enjoyed the ride.
If we believe in Jesus, we too will be safe. From judgment.
I believe so much in this, that I almost got out of the National Guard because of it. Back in the 1980s I thought if I went to war, (there was no war then) and if I shoot and kill someone, I could for the most part, be sending that person to Hell.
I must add that a pastor that I knew and respected from British Columbia said that it is a good and honorable thing to protect your country and your love ones. If I wanted to stay in the military, it’s OK. Those who choose to not believe in our Lord has made their choice. But don’t stop telling others in love about Jesus.
If a Christian dies, then that Christian will go to be with Jesus. However if a non-Christian dies, the that person is judged for their wrong doings. (Everybody has done wrong. That is why we need Jesus.) The non-believers will then be thrown into a lake of fire.
We must tell more people about Jesus in hope to save them from God’s judgment. And yet as I type this, I am reminded that I too have fallen down on the job, way too much.