BY: MATT STEWART
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I enjoy watching a good sleight-of-hand magician/illusionist when they are on TV. One group that I find fun to watch is Penn & Teller. They entertain their audiences with comedic magic routines that leave you shaking your head in disbelief. Outside of their magic show Penn & Teller are unfortunately atheists. On one occasion I remember hearing Penn Gillette, who is the leader of the magic duo, boisterously and boldly declare, “There is no God!” He also went in more detail on some of his criticisms of those who do believe in God. He said:
I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell and people could be going to hell, or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward — and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say, “Just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself” — how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.
Wow! I don’t know about you but this hit me right between the eyes. I think about this quote every time I come in contact with someone who I know is not a believer. How much would I have to hate that person to keep from them the antidote to eternal fire and damnation and separation from God? We cannot let fear, social awkwardness, a busy life, or any other excuse we come up with distract us from telling others of Jesus’ love and grace. Those of us who are believers know the truth (John 14:6), but there is a whole world out there that has believed the lie (2 Corinthians 11:14). We are not called to be spectators in this world! We are called to action, to be doers! Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), get in the battle and boldly, fearlessly proclaim to all nations and tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord!
PRAYER: Father God, we boldly proclaim your righteous, mighty name! Thank you for using us to carry your word to this world. The harvest is plenty. Open our hearts and eyes to where you are working and we will faithfully follow you. You sent your son Jesus Christ to this world so that no one would perish but have eternal life. Do not let us be deceived or think that anyone is beyond your saving grace. We love you God and thank you for loving each one of us unconditionally. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m married to Linnea and father of Christian and Aubrey. I enjoy the great outdoors (hunt, fish, camp, hike), exercising and running.