We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. -John 9:4
One winter evening, a young man was driving home to his family, when suddenly, the brakes on his car went out. Consequently, he smashed into the back of the car in front of him. The seriousness of his injuries resulted in him being rushed to the hospital, but he did not survive.
Thankfully, the man was a Christian, and so upon his untimely death, he entered the realm of heaven. Upon arrival, he was greeted by friends, family members, and then by Jesus Christ Himself. Being in awe in the presence of Christ, he bowed to the ground in reverence. Then the Lord lifted him up and showed him around. After experiencing the wonders of heaven firsthand, the man became anguished in his soul. Knowing the reason for his momentary grief, Jesus told him, “Yes, I also desired that you had done more to tell others about the gift of eternal life, but you are here now.”
Child of God, would this be said to you if you were to find yourself standing before God in the near future? When is the last time you shared the gospel with someone? Because many believers are not actively involved in evangelism, I believe many will find themselves in a situation similar to the man described above.
In 2 Corinthians 5:10, Paul informs the Church that we are going to stand before Christ someday and be judged concerning the things we have done (and neglected to do). That is, this judgment will be both pleasant and dreadful: pleasant regarding the things done to honor Christ and further the cause of the gospel; dreadful regarding our neglect to take the Great Commission seriously (among other things).
Consider the following: God cares more about the salvation of the lost than the well-being of those who are saved (see Luke 15:7). Also, believers have been commanded to take the gospel to as many people as possible (see Matthew 28:18-20). In light of these truths, God’s passion (i.e. the salvation of the lost) must be our own. If you are following Christ today, it is most likely because someone told you of His death on the cross on your behalf. We owe it to both God and others to follow in the footsteps of those who brought the message of Christ to us.
As a follower of Christ, you will one day have the joy of entering the presence of God. On that day, will there possibly be a deep sense of regret over neglected, evangelistic opportunities? More importantly, will Christ remind you of those opportunities as you stand before Him in judgment?
We cannot change the past, but we can move forward with a renewed sensitivity to the reality that people need to hear the gospel (see 2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Will they hear it from us? Let us commit ourselves to the work of evangelism while there is still time.