It is a simple passage but has huge ramifications on our daily lives. For example, my family was driving down the street and approaching a traffic light. It was then we noticed a cloud of smoke coming from a truck. As we got closer to the truck, we figured out what was happening. A man in an older truck had smoke that was just blowing out the underside of his vehicle, and because of the direction of the wind, he never noticed it. I am not much of a car guy, but I know enough to know that what was happening was serious. The question is this: from a spiritual perspective, would it have been a sin not to tell him what was going on with this truck? Scripture clearly says we should love our neighbor as our self, and in this situation, I believe that not telling him would have resulted in a sin. Just to be clear, I did tell him, and he was upset. Not because of what I said but because his truck had a serious issue!
Would it shock you to know that according to current statistics, if people saw a house burning down and they knew that there was a family inside, an overwhelming number of people would not do what was necessary to save the family inside? Nearly 95% of them would not be willing, despite their fears, to step out and try and save someone from a burning house.
I have a feeling that you think, “That just can't be!” You are thinking that you (and most of the people you know) would do whatever it took to save a family or even a single person in that situation. Most of us would not hesitate to help even though the risk would be enormous. If you think this seems false, you are partially correct. The reality is much worse than a house burning down.
The reality is that the statistic is correct but the illustration not. The actual statistic, according to Dr. Kennedy, is that 95% of believers have never led anyone to commit their life to Christ. It's not a house burning down; it’s an eternity separated from Christ.
James 4:17, So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
These last few Wednesday nights, we have talked about how important and easy it is to lead a more evangelistically focused life. It's something that anyone can and should do. Essentially, there are two different parts. First, you must be willing to talk to people and allow that conversation to naturally transition into a spiritual one. Second, you must be intentional. Transitioning a surface level conversation into a spiritual one requires you to be intentional. Evangelistic opportunities are all around us. We just have to look for them. When we see God at work in someone, we cannot let fear hold us back. The scary thing is that the people we encounter daily are not in a house that is burning down. But, if they don’t know Jesus, they are bound for a spiritual death and separation from God for eternity. We all know the right thing to do. Commit with me to actively try our best to love on the people around us and let God be glorified through us.