A Simple Call to Be Intentional with the Gospel
Our Pastor shared an article with me this week that reported some disheartening news concerning our Southern Baptist Convention. The Atlantic reported, “It (SBC) has shed a stunning one million members since 2003 and is on pace to lose nearly 100,000 people each year for the foreseeable future. Annual baptisms, which are of obvious importance to Baptists, have plummeted to a 70-year low.” I believe in our minds we are disturbed to hear such news but do our actions reveal a level of contentment with this status? Dr. Tony Wolfe asks this question in his book Mile Markers. He talks about a plum tree he planted in which he has hopes of it producing fruit for years to come yet he hasn’t really taken the time needed to fertilize it, water it and keep the weeds from springing up around it. He has dreams for his plum tree, but his actions reveal something different.
So where do we go from here? I believe it begins with each of us as committed followers of Christ to do a couple of simple things. In my office I have two things on my desk that I take a look at each day. The first is a copy of The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The second is a list of people I have written down who I believe to be lost and those who are unchurched. I pray for opportunities with people on my list to talk with them about Christ and to invite them to church. Many of the lost around us are simply waiting for us to open up a door and build a bridge for the Gospel to cross over to them. If you haven’t written down some of the lost family and friends around you would you do that this week? Also pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with them and invite them to church with you. I’m praying our actions will match the concern we truly feel for the lost around us.
Posted on Fri, August 2, 2019
by Kim Hayes