I recently watched a video a while back by a big name speaker–a great message. However, in the message this person shared data from a poll.
91% of Christians die without leading another person to Christ.
No matter how great I thought the video was, that information haunted me. If I claim Christ is who He says He is, then why don’t I share Him more often? Not like dropping Jesus bombs all over people in a haphazard door-to-door witnessing frenzy, but in the midst of sharing our lives together. In the natural context of a relationship. Don’t get me wrong–if we are a part of that 91% then even Jesus-bombing is better than nothing.
I was watching another video recently online. This wasn’t a big name orator that you can ooh and ahh over. It was someone I met on furlough, just a guy. But this guy said something that was telling.
When was the last time your spirit man was provoked by God for the lost?
I think this may be why the poll from that first video exists. We give lip service as concern for the lost. It is tough business to mix in and share counter-cultural beliefs with an unbelieving person. However, if we were bothered by their impending doom and their lack of freedom in Christ, then we would brave that tough work.
I am interested in the choice of the word provoke in that quote. He didn’t say concerned. He didn’t choose worried. He wanted something that included more than care. He wanted something stronger than bothered. He chose provoked.
Provoke means that a strong action comes in response to the stimulus. It means that we are incited to change something. Are we bothered so much that we are emotionally and physically provoked to change the status of the lost?
We can only be provoked to action by something we hold valuable.
Do we hold the unbeliever in such high esteem that we can’t stand to see them lost without telling them of Christ?