Acts 19:8-10 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Well, did you catch that? After two years and three months the entire continent of Asia had heard the gospel. It confounds me that there are still those here in America that think the Bible is about cavemen. True story, by the way.
We have good friends who are on fire for Jesus. They tell everyone. Recently, they ministered to a couple who work at goodwill and are going through some things. They brought them to church, even offered them a place to stay at their house while some roommate issues got worked out.
Yesterday, my wife asked why we don’t talk to goodwill employees about Jesus. I gave some cock and bull story (if I can quote mother goose) about pastors and evangelists and missionaries. I don’t know , something silly and pointless. The truth is; I used to. There was a time when I was willing to talk to anyone who was willing to listen. Then I got caught up in preaching, teaching and ministering to the ones God brought into our ministry and lost focus.
Does this sound like you? I am not claiming that pastors shouldn’t concentrate their efforts on their flock, because that is what they are called to do. However, it is easy for men in this position to treat pastoring as their job and then any other time of day as their “off time”.
Christians, hear me… We have no off time. Night is coming and hell is hot. If Paul and a select few can evangelize an entire continent in two years, what can you and your church do in your city? State? Country?