Will You Watch Them Die?

bystander_cartoon“I didn’t want his blood to be on my hands,” my sister-in-Christ recently shared with me as her reason for pushing past her anxieties to share her faith with someone on her job.  Despite her fears and the subsequent rejection she faced, she had to ask him if he had made Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

In a movie (Dead Man Walking) that I was only able to catch the ending of, a nun shares her time and her faith with a man who is on death row for ruthlessly killing a young couple.  She looks on in compassion as she, along with the families of the victims, watch his execution. I don’t know how I would respond if offered the chance to watch the execution of someone who cruelly harmed a loved one of mine, and I am not here to entertain the removal or continuance of the death penalty.  However, this scene merely is a symbol for me of how many times we watch people who are facing spiritual death sentences, and we stand by either feeling helpless, or afraid to minister when the Holy Spirit prompts us to, or we bat a blind eye.

My sister’s-in-Christ statement and the execution scene prompted a question that I submit to myself and other believers too.  Will you watch them die?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

We once had a destination towards hell and eternal separation from God, but Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Redeemer took our place on the cross, paid the price for our sins, and reconciled us back to the Father.  His death and resurrection made way for us all to have eternal life if we believe, confess and receive.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)

So, since we were in the same sinful state and estranged from our Creator, the One who loved us first, let us remember to go into the world with His love to share with them that there is life and that much more abundantly after an ugly sinful nature, after the foul things we have done, after the disasters and shipwreck we have made of our lives, and after the hurt and pain we experience.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Don’t be afraid to share your faith with others, whether a stranger or relative, and allow God to help you to see the lost as He does.  He values each and every one of us, and desires that we receive Him and His unfailing love.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

Someone needs your testimony of encouragement, hope and faith; someone needs the Word of God which is alive and active, can heal and deliver, impart wisdom and rebuke; someone needs your smile, your hug, and your prayer; someone needs your listening ear, your time, and your assurance that God loves them; someone needs the Truth and someone needs a change in their life’s course; someone’s life may be in the balance and he/she need to make peace with God.  You can be that vessel God uses to impact someone for the better and the vessel to help him/her come into the Kingdom of God.

You don’t want God to ask you “why didn’t you walk in the authority I gave you? Why didn’t you trust me to give you the courage and words to minister to that person?”  You don’t want that person to ask you, “why didn’t you share the Word of God with me?”  Be obedient and go forth; God will use someone else to do it if you won’t, but He is giving you this chance and He is choosing you.

Dear Daddy,  

Help me to trust You to walk in authority and to minister to others about Your mercy and grace, Your love and salvation, and Your Holiness.  Help me to lead people to salvation, not for my glory or try even in my own strength, but for Your glory and with Your grace and direction.  Help me to love others as I love myself and to see them the way You see them.  And Daddy, thank You for saving me!  I didn’t deserve it, nor could I earn it, but You gave it freely as You helped me to realize what spiritual condition I was in and to believe, through Your Word, that Your Son died for me. You resurrected Him and now He is alive, sitting on the throne interceding for me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to share your faith!  Do not watch the lost die.  And if you fear rejection, submit that fear to God and don’t take the rejection personally. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).  God gave mankind free will and not everyone will choose His gift of life, but still go out into the world declaring His love and His Truth for someone is divinely waiting for you to approach them.  Let the Holy Spirit take your hand; He will show you who and He will tell you what to say and do.

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to build people up through God’s Word, encouragement, mentoring, support, and her writing. In April of 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. In 2014, she  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”