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You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?
As a Christ follower, this is something of a no-brainer. If I had the podium to address the people of the world for fifteen minutes, I would speak to one and all concerning the gospel of Christ. I would share the good news of Christ and then pray and trust in the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
I would tell the world that we as humans have gone wrong in the eyes of God. We have sinned. We continue to sin. Even the best of us. Even the most respected amongst us. But, God so loved the world that he gave his one and unique Son (Jn. 3.16). He became man. He lived among us. He was born of the virgin. He grew and matured through childhood and his teen years. He became a man and over the course of about 3-3 1/2 years he preached and taught he was the Messiah, the Son of God.
He was betrayed and suffered and was crucified. But, three days later he rose from the grave.
He died to save us from our sins. He died so we could receive the forgiveness of God. He died and was raised so we could have a new life.
This is good news. This shows the love and grace of God.
Of course, the chance of me having such a platform is remote to say the least. However, I have chances, thousands, to present this message everyday. I have the opportunity to proclaim the good news in pulpits and teaching settings. I have the opportunity to tell and live the message through my actions and life.
The real question is how well am I doing in those moments? Does my life show my confession of a follower of Christ? Do I live a life of discipleship to my Lord?
Sometimes the chances we have to proclaim the good news is fifteen minutes . . . sometimes it’s more . . . sometimes it’s less. It may come in one encounter. It may appear in the span of a few seconds. It may be encapsulated in a simple, kind gesture; in a reassuring smile; in a humble act; in mercy shown under pressure.
The opportunities are all around us. As Christ said, the fields are white unto harvest. The problem is not that there are not opportunities; the problem is, we do not look for them. We do not live with an intentionality to seek those moments and rise to them.
As believers, we must be prepared. We must be disciplined. We must be ready. We must be on guard.
We must meet the moment. We must have the gospel message so full in our hearts, that at any moment it is ready to burst forth and pour out of us.
We are his body. We are his witnesses.
It is our responsibility. It is our burden.
It is our privilege.