When we aren’t following God’s call we are neglecting our evangelistic responsibility just as Jonah did. Jonah 1:2 states, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”
God told Jonah to go and “cry out against” the wickedness in Nineveh. Yet Jonah ignored God’s calling and went the other way. How many didn’t hear the gospel because Jonah didn’t “feel” like doing what God had called him to do?
Well, I’ll have to admit I’m as guilty as Jonah. I’ve felt the Holy Spirit tug on me to speak to someone, to simply ask them how they are doing, and I didn’t do it. I used an excuse of being embarrassed or I didn’t have the time to do it. Honestly, I had nothing to be embarrassed about and it wasn't about time, I simply didn't want to do it. Why? Because I have my own problems.
At times to soothe my conscious I would “pat” someone on the shoulder and tell them they simply needed to get in God’s word and pray. And that is where it ended. Very, very sad.
I’m working to change this in my life. I’m striving daily to obey the tug and share my faith. To tell others how God has helped me in my life and to also listen to others and what's going on in their lives.
Where are you in sharing your faith? When is the last time you shared your faith? Not “Jesus Love You” faith or “I’m praying for” faith, but real faith, with real passion for the things God has done for you?