Common sense tells me that if I truly believed that people who die without Christ will spend not just one year, or 150 years, or 150,000 years, or 150 trillion years, but an ETERNITY in hell, this would be a game-changer.
I would completely upend my life in the pursuit of changing the course of every person I met. Everything about me would change – the way I spend my time, the way I spend my money, my career choices, activities my kids get involved in, my priorities, my daily schedule, everything. If my life truly reflected what I say I believe, everything about my life would change.
The need to evangelize is so self-evident that even people who are not Christians realize it. Comedian and spiritual skeptic Penn Jillette posed a question that I think every Christian must answer:
“I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. If you believe there is a heaven and a hell and people could be going to hell…and you think it’s not worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward…how much do you have to hate someone to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”
So my question: when was the last time you spoke to someone about heaven and hell and their need to know Jesus and be forgiven to go to heaven? How long has it been? Have you ever shared the gospel with another person? If not, why not?
Let me encourage you – people are open to a gentle but persuasive presentation of the good news as found in the Bible. Not a cultural gospel – but the real gospel. They are searching for truth and for meaning in life. Everyone believes in something – give them the opportunity to believe in someone – Jesus!