That guy. That guy. Him over there. That guy. Probably him. That guy, aaaaaaand maybe him? Everywhere you go you are passing hundreds of people who don’t know Jesus and are destined for Hell. You may be the only thing standing between them and Satan’s grasp. What are you going to do about it today? As you go through your day to day tasks, grabbing coffee at starbucks, filling up at the local (bp?) gas station, standing at the elevator… you encounter so many people who God loves tremendously, and it’s up to you to tell them that.
We get so caught up in our own lives that we miss opportunities to enrich someone elses’.
The Word gives an interesting account of God talking to the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 33:7-9…
7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
God warns us through this passage that we are responsible for the blood of those who God has called us to warn. Who are we called to warn? The world. He said to us, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15.
Am I telling you EVERYONE you pass on the street is your responsibility? No, truly I’m not. However, should you be walking and God prompts you to speak to someone and you ignore Him and they die and go to hell, this scripture tells me that their blood is on your hands. We have to look for opportunities! We should be excited to go out and tell people about our gift. How many times have you found yourself in that awkward position at the grocer’s deli? You’re standing there with a stranger and instead of talking to them you stand and wait uncomfortably for the meat slicer to call your number so you can quickly get to the produce? That’s 45 seconds -5 minutes that God gives you as an opportunity to spread the love of Christ. Maybe you don’t have to “preach” but being friendly opens A LOT of doors. You’ll be surprised how quickly a “hello” turns into “what church do you go to?”. It happens to me all the time and I’m amazed each time God opens that avenue.
I challenge you, next time you are tempted to ignore the stranger in line or at the table that the waitress sat way too close to you in the empty restaurant, take it as an opportunity from God. Say hello!