Mark reminds me a lot of my dad. Specifically, I am reminded of a story that I found in his journal. On, December 4, 1987 while in Sibu, Malaysia, Dad dreamed about a silver dollar. When he woke up he remembered he had promised Johnny Ting, a Malaysian he had met a year earlier in Bintulu, Malaysia, that he would bring him a silver dollar the next time he saw him. He called another Jesus-follower, Johnny Yong, and asked him to find a silver dollar for him. Yong was able to do so in a local coin store. Four days later, Dad saw Johnny Ting and the first question Johnny asked him was “Did you bring the silver dollar?” Dad gave him one and then later that day shared the Bridge Illustration with him. The next day Johnny put his faith in Jesus.
Matthew 18:11--For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.
Jesus came so that the world would have the real hope of salvation. Does God want people to be reached with the gospel? The answer is a resounding yes! So much so that He reminded my father in a dream of something he easily would have forgotten. May God give us dreams and solutions so that we can bring truth in love to those in need.
Oswald J. Smith wrote, “Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing the world and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.” Mark Cahill shares, “The number one reason people don’t share their faith is that they are afraid of being rejected.” We must get over the fear of sharing and remember the horrible consequences for those who engage in a far greater rejection, the offer of life Jesus gives.
The one thing we can’t do in heaven is share the gospel. Now is the time. Something to think about . . . in reveration.
If there be any point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)