Last month I heard a brother share this sentiment: “You’ll not talk about Jesus to your neighbor (friends) because you feel they don’t need Him.”
That is a rather powerful charge, isn’t it? Think about it for a moment. We live in a society that encourages people to do what they want when they want to do it. If that does not include God, then all the worse for Him (so they think)! It seems apparent that some are not interested in hearing about Him from either you or me. Remember the words of Paul, on the other hand, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31, NKJV). Paul thought it was necessary to proclaim Him; we should think the same. Yet, for some, they don’t. Why?
People don’t talk about Jesus to their friends and neighbors because there is no real conviction there is a need to. If you listen to any funeral occasion everyone is going to heaven! Intellectually we know this is false, but emotionally we have accepted the “doctrine” and, thus, don’t talk.
Perhaps all of us are guilty of failing to do as we should in this regard. Our challenge, then, is to resolve to speak more about Jesus to others because of what He means to me. If there is still a problem, then begin here: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 13:5).