Imagine a world where Christianity has died out. All but a few Christians remain. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to live in world where no one believes? In a world where no one will listen as the last remaining Christians fervently try to spread the Good News?
Recently, I finished reading a book called “The Last Christian” by David Gregory (which I would recommend if you like Christian fiction 😀 ). In this book, there is only a few Christians left and the main character Abigail Caldwell considers it her mission to reintroduce Christianity.
Furthermore, technology causes a major change of thinking in the book. Technology has evolved so much that the people didn’t find a need to believe anymore. They thought that becoming a technological society was the ultimate goal and not to live a life worthy of Jesus. Yet, these people were left feeling empty. Technology can’t fill the emptiness. Only Jesus can.
- “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4: 3-5
Now imagine how many people will actually get into heaven. In Luke 13:24, Jesus says, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Check out Luke 13:22-30 for the rest of the passage!). Imagine what it will be like for people when they can’t enter through the narrow door. I’m sure no one wants to find out that they’ve run out of time to accept Jesus and can’t enter into his kingdom. I wouldn’t want that for anyone let alone friends, and family.
A few years back, I had a dream that a loved one was dying of “spiritual cancer.” It seems kind of weird comparing a life without Jesus to cancer but those were the exact words in my dream. And the more I think about it, the more that this analogy really works. Cancer is serious but there is a treatment. This treatment, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean that the cancer can’t come back. In Christianity, our treatment is accepting Christ, living a life for Him alone. Recurrences of the cancer happen when we fall away from God. It’s when we go back to living in our sinful nature.
Thus, we ourselves need to live an upright life, accepting Jesus into our hearts, so that we can make it through the narrow door. Then, we have to spread the Word so that others don’t miss the chance to know Jesus. How many opportunities are missed to spread the gospel? How many people don’t get to hear the message of Jesus’ love?
“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’” ~ Matthew 10:7
Here’s my Spreading the Gospel challenge for this week:
Try and fulfill the activity for each day. I tried to keep all the tasks simple and fun.
Day 1: Pray for someone who has yet to come to Christ. Be specific in who you are praying for. Pray for a neighbor, family member, friend, etc.
Day 2: Strike up a random conversation with a stranger. Talk about anything, not necessarily about being a Christian. Then end the conversation with a simple “God bless!” or “Jesus loves you!”
Day 3: Read your Bible in PUBLIC! Read it in the mall, food court, wherever. Just let people see you read it. Show people that the Bible is interesting to read.
Day 4: Do a small act of kindness. These can be random, creative and fun.
Here are a couple of websites with ideas:
The ones I thought were the best:
-Let someone go ahead of you in line.
-Pay for someone’s meal.
-Give a huge tip to someone.
-Greet a stranger and ask them about their day.
-Pack an extra lunch and give one to a homeless person or have a conversation with one.
Day 5: Ask someone if you can pray for them. See if they have something specific you could pray for or just pray for them in general. It could be someone you know or a stranger who looks in need of prayer.
I would love know how this challenge goes for everyone. You never know how God may bless you or use you through the challenge. Spread the word and God bless!