Today when I picked up my children from school, my middle child, Sophie, who is in the 5th grade excitedly told me, “I saved somebody at school today Daddy.” A little taken aback, I inquisitively replied, “You mean you led someone to faith in Christ today?” Looking in the rear view mirror I could see her smiling and shaking her head yes.
Both proud and excited, I said, “Tell me about it.” She proceeded to tell me the girls name, Savannah Moses. She is a classmate, and she used one of the tracts we had picked up at the Southern Baptist Convention this summer (Your Life: A New Beginning). These tracts are produced by NAMB (North American Mission Board). I use them frequently, and keep them stocked up at the church. It is the same tract she has seen me use personally.
She said she just sat with Savannah and read through the tract on the playground, and when they got to the prayer, she said that Savannah wanted to pray it, and she did. She also said that she filled out the information follow up form inside the tract, but unfortunately she didn’t bring it with her. I asked her to get the address and phone number of the girl next week so we can follow up. Hopefully this will be the first of many who are brought into the family of God because of her obedience and willingness to share.
I heard one time that less than 5% of Southern Baptists ever attempt to lead someone to Christ. Sometimes it is difficult to step up and share. We all often get nervous and come up with plenty of excuses to delay the witness, which we rarely ever complete if we don’t do it immediately. The truth of the matter is that if we really LOVE JESUS, we would share the Gospel naturally!
In Acts, Peter and John were commanded not to teach nor preach of the name of Jesus. They would not stop. In fact they could not stop themselves. In Acts 4:20 they replied, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”(NKJV). They just couldn’t help talking about Jesus!
When you really love someone, you can’t help but talk about that person. He or she is a constant subject of conversation. When we really love Jesus we cannot help but speak about Him. Loving Jesus means loving others enough to tell them about his atoning work of salvation. It should happen because, WE JUST CAN’T HELP IT!