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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 11 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 10, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility".

The seventh reason we do don’t evangelize is that we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

Our daily lives are filled with “busyness”. There always seems to be so much to do and very little time to do it. We often put our daily routines in place, void of the remotest intention of altering them. We try to balance so many balls in the air that we could set an Guinness world record! Our time is fully committed to completing these tasks while also fulfilling our “Text/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram” responsibilities.

Our plans are unshakable, except for a moment of pseudo-silence for a “quick” prayer for God to bless them. Then we go to sleep and awake to do it all again the next day! Hummm…is this your life? Somehow in the busyness, the truth that Jesus is coming soon gets lost in our shuffle. We forget our first love and our fire to evangelize is reduced to ash.

Revelation 2:4 (NASB) – “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

What if you knew a storm was coming. Would you warn your family members? If you knew a major earthquake was about to split your region, would you warn your friends? If you knew a hurricane was stirring just miles offshore would you warn every pedestrian that crossed your path? Would you be too busy to use your mouth to save a life?

My sense is that most of us would probably speak up about the coming disaster. Not only that, we would try and make every effort to prepare ourselves and those around us. Do you have the same urgency to evangelize to your family, friends, peers, co-workers, and others who cross your path about the return of Jesus? Consider this; the return of Jesus is cause for celebration for those who have accepted Him into their lives but total disaster for those who have not.

Matthew 24:21 (NLT) – “For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.”

When you look around at our world today, can you see Matthew 24 unfolding? If so, then it is time that we shift our priorities and return to sounding the trumpet about our coming King!

Matthew 24:37-39 (NKJV) - “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Hebrews 12:25-27 (ESV) - “See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”

We all have daily responsibilities that we must properly balance. These responsibilities may not necessarily be bad ones; we just have to be careful that we do not allow them to consume our lives. Let’s not be like the unfaithful servant or the foolish virgins who clearly were unprepared for the Lord’s return.

Also, let’s evangelize and help others prepare as well. Jesus is coming back, just like He promised. His delayed return is not a canceled return. He ALWAYS keeps His promises. Whether you are pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation in your view of The Resurrection and return of Jesus, the material point is that Jesus IS coming back and we all need to prepare.

Matthew 24:45-51 (NLT) – “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:3-13 (NKJV) – “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

If we do not tell others about Christ, how will they know? Do not forget that the Lord is coming and there is much evangelism yet to be done. Today, let’s review our plans and make Jesus the priority of our hearts. Then share the good news of Jesus. Tell someone about Him so that they too can be ready.

Romans 10:14 (NLT) – “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) –“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”

Revelation 22:12 (NASB) – “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

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