George Sweeting, in his book The No-Guilt Guide to Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who, in 1949, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later, he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee. In 1968, Currier’s sentence was terminated and a letter bearing the good news was sent to him. But John never saw the letter, nor was he told anything about it. Life on the farm was hard, and without promise for the future. Yet, John kept doing what he was told even after the farmer for whom he worked had died. Ten years went by. Then a state parole officer learned about Currier’s plight, found him, and told him that his sentence had been terminated. He had been a free man all those years.

    1How would you feel if, like John Currier, someone sent you an important message and year after year it was never delivered? For those of us who have heard the good news and experienced freedom through Christ, the story of John Currier is a reminder of our responsibility to share the love and forgiveness Jesus has given us with those who have never received Him as their Savior and Lord.

    Lost men, women and children are waiting for someone to tell them the most important message they will ever hear in their life and the message is never delivered. Are we doing all we can to make sure that people get the message? R. A. Torrey (1856-1928) an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer wrote: “I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.”

    Sharing Christ in a relevant way is the greatest thing you can do for another person. Every Christian is called to be a witness. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8). A witness is simply one who tells what he has heard, seen and experienced. As a witness, therefore, our job is to tell what we know about Jesus and to deliver His message to mankind. Whatever else you might do or become, everything is to be subordinate to the idea of sharing your faith through personal testimony. Saving people is God’s responsibility; your responsibility is to pass on what you have received. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15).

    Ask yourself, “If everybody did as much as I am doing to reach the lost, how many people would be coming to know Christ?” This is a hard question, but each of us must evaluate what we are doing to reach the world for Christ. If you really believe that unless a person has a born again, personal relationship with Christ, they are on the way to hell, there is an urgency about sharing your faith.


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