Yesterdays message was on being a harbinger and a herald. We discussed how John the Baptist was the harbinger who was clearing the path for Christ to return. In that, I discussed how the path to God had become highly filled with weeds and seemingly not navigable. I also mentioned how this has happened once again. Though God had sent someone to clear the path we have slowly allowed it to become overgrown again. We have become poor stewards of the Gospel and religion and in turn both things have lost MOST of their value. Not only has that path become filled with weeds but many have decided that being a herald for the Lord and pointing to this path is straight up wrong. In fact barna.com says 47% of Millennials polled agree that it is “wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” We have gone so far from truth that pointing people to the way has become a stigma and unacceptable. Yet Scripture tells us in Revelation 3 that Christ is coming soon. In James 4 we read that our lives are short, we do not know the day nor the hour of Christs return and when He returns this time it will not be for massive opportunity it will be for massive judgement. In 1 Peter it tells us that WE are to be the harbinger and herald. WE are to be making the path to Christ clear. Eliminating between the world and God’s mercy through Jesus Christ. Yet almost half of this generation feels it’s a reproach to even share the news.
At one point in history Christians would go on the street corner and share the Gospel hoping someone that passed by would accept Christ. Yet here we are in a new era where you won’t see many passing by on the streets. However, most people are fervently on Facebook, most people have some online access and utilize social media. So yea, maybe you don’t like social media. The Christians who evangelized on the streets didn’t want to live there. They likely didn’t visit the streets for leisure, but when it comes to opportunity for evangelism it was a perfect platform.
We, as the Church, need to start looking at social media and the internet as the new street corner. Don’t think of it as a place you want to spend all of your time, and go to it with a specific agenda. You have family who would love to be connected with you (social media works for that). That same family who likely longs to be close to you could use the Gospel shared with them. So maybe you aren’t tech savvy at all simply. Well reach out to us via email and we will help you get something set up. Your family circle will serve as a small circle of people you can share the Gospel with, encourage, and pray for. You don’t need to LIVE on the streets, but visiting them with a specific agenda isn’t that hard.
God has brought the mission field to us and it is about time we take hold of it. How sad it is to see that we wouldn’t go when it was getting in a plane and heading to a new country because of *Insert list of reasons here*. Now the opportunity has become so easy that all it takes is a click on the share button but we still wont because of *insert list of reasons here*. God has made it easier than ever to evangelize yet the majority of people are denying Him constantly. Are we being heralds for Christ or are we hearing the rooster crow daily?
Spend 1 minute in prayer thanking God for allowing you to be a herald for His Gospel. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to help you see the opportunity.
You’re online. Start sharing, start reaching out, start encouraging. You are on the mission field.