Sunday, October 31, 2010

From Cub's Den: Too Important

Too Important
“…for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

Do you remember the Mercedes TV commercial a few years ago that showed a Mercedes crashing into a concrete wall during a safety test? An engineer in a white lab coat walks over after the crash and kneels down to examine the damage, which is minimal. A reporter then asks the engineer about Mercedes' energy-absorbing car body. After the engineer tells us all about the unique design, the reporter asks him why Mercedes doesn't enforce their patent on the design, a design evidently copied by several other companies because of its proven success. The engineer then replies matter-of-factly, “Because some things in life are too important not to share.”

Although there are many things in life that are important to share, none of them equal the importance of sharing your faith. Faith in Christ holds the key to eternal life. This fact alone is enough to share your faith with all those who are not partakers of it. Eternal life is too important not to tell others about. Jesus shows the importance of sharing your faith in His commissioning of the apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). The gospel of Christ is too important not to share because the Bible teaches that it is God’s power to save man from eternal death (Romans 1:16).

Sharing your faith in God is vitally important because of its power to heal. There was a woman living during the time of Jesus who was losing blood at an alarming rate. She did not know what to do, or even to whom she could turn. Then she heard of Jesus, and her faith in Him made her well. “But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well” (Matthew 9:22). Today the miraculous power of healing has been done away with (1 Corinthians 13:9-10), but the spiritual healing is still available through faith. People cannot have faith unless we tell them about Jesus (Romans 10:14). Evangelism is vital to a dying world.

The joy you have found in God must be so great that even if you wanted to hold it in you couldn’t succeed. It must burn in you like an unquenchable fire, burning so badly you become “weary of holding it in”, and [you] cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9). What you have been taught through God’s word is a “treasure which has been entrusted to you” (2 Timothy 1:14) by God Himself. His treasure is to be “guarded” by you, but it is also to be entrusted “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). The word of God reveals His plan of salvation, and was presented to you for the purpose of sharing with others. The excitement of knowing God’s word is too important not to share.

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