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The Time is Now! by Daniel E. Harmon

(Since this is my first article, I would like to briefly touch on the area of evangelism in general terms.) The Time is Now! (by Daniel E. Harmon)

The last words spoken by Christ on earth before His ascension are recorded in Matthew 28:19- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Christ chose to speak those words as His last message to Christianity! Christ, as an example to us, spent His ministry witnessing. But haven’t we, as Christians witnessed to everyone in the world? I’m sure we have completed the one task Christ left with us?..........

With approximately 6 billion people in the world, only 2 billion of us are Christians. That means out of every three people, only one is saved through Jesus Christ. That means we all have brothers, sisters, and parents that are unsaved. We all have friends, and co-workers, and strangers we pass everyday that are unsaved. We have whole countries that have not adequately received the “good news.” The message Christ left with us has NOT been finished. Many parts of the world remain unsaturated with the “Word.” In Asia, less than 10% of the people are Christian. (In China alone, less than 1% is Christian!) In Africa, less than 50%! Also, throughout the world, the conversion rate of new Christians is dropping, while the population of the world is rising. What are we, as Christians doing?

As Christians, we believe the Lord will return. Though the exact time is unknown, the Bible includes many prophecies about events which will precede the return of Christ. In the last hundred years, many of these prophecies have been fulfilled, and many more are being fulfilled all the time. In 1948, Israel came under Jewish control for the first time in over 2,500 years. The books of Daniel and Revelations consider the reinstatement of Israel as an important key event in the timeline of the “end-time events.” The globalization of markets and the rise of technology further show the time is getting closer to the “day of the Lord,” which was prophesized hundreds of years before Christ! The world isn’t getting any further away from that end! The time is now!..........

So what can the average Christian do today? In our modern, fast-paced world it is difficult to find time for evangelism, between work, family, and friends! . However, during the next 24 hour period, 150,000 people in the world will die. That means during the next year, while we are continuing to live our lives, over 54 million people will die! Have they been witnessed to? How many of us spend large amounts of time watching television, or movies, or listening to music? In the course of a year, do we spend 24 hour doing something we feel is more important than the lives of those 150,000 people? Most of us feel we are relatively decent people, sure. But how many of those souls could you have shared the “good news” with? I bet we all have acquaintances we see daily who we have never shared the “good news” with! Why do we wait?.........

It is God’s plan for all Christians to leave their worldly nature and follow Christ. We must witness to the unbelievers! Those are Christ’s last spoken words on earth, and His final charge to us. The message is no less important today, than yesterday. (In fact, it is more important) Will you take a stand for Christ? It is not my intention to give you fanciful ways of serving God and His purpose-you must answer that question through prayer and trust in Your Lord. So, will we stand up for God and His good news, or will we sit with the world? The time is now! We have straddled the fence of Christianity too long! It is time for Christians to show their Love for humankind. The “day of the Lord” is near and we, as Christians, MUST be willing now to cast off the world and follow Christ! Will you wait? What is YOUR answer??

......... Matthew 4:19-“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 16:24-Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”