originally appeared in the August 10 1997
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point by Ken Horn
Rusty Jones worked at
a factory. Day in and day out, he did the same work with the same
people. Bill* was one of those he worked alongside. For some time,
God had been dealing with Rusty to share his faith with Bill, whom
he saw only at work.
He firmly planned to
witness to his coworker. But time rolled on and he just didnt
get around to it. There would be plenty of opportunities, he thought.
One Monday morning, Rusty
arrived at work. He noticed Bill was not in his place. Word came
that Bill wouldnt be at work. Over the weekend he had been
killed in an automobile accident. The chances that had presented
themselves day after day were suddenly at an end. Rusty would never
tell Bill about Jesus.
Full of grief and conviction,
Rusty penned the words of a song he titled, "Why Didnt I Tell
Him?" On a Sunday morning, Rusty tearfully confessed his failure
to his church; then he sang the song. In part, it said:
We were only passing
I didnt know if he was saved;
I planned to tell him soon about Jesus.
But they told me today,
that my friend had passed away,
a car wreck had taken his life,
and all I could think about wasmy friend without Jesus.
I should have told him; why didnt I tell him?
Lord, You know I prayed
but those words I never spoke.
Now hes gone and he will never hear them.
But deep down I feel that he would have believed;
now hes gone, hell never know.
Father, forgive me, for I failed You when I didnt tell him;
why didnt I tell him?
I should have told him.
Rusty is not alone.
We would probably be
stunned to know how many Christians had waited just a little too
long. I am one.
My wife Peggy worked
at a bank. God impressed her to go out of her way to witness to
one of her elderly customers. He lived some distance out of town
so we planned to stop when we drove by. That day came. Near the
end of a long day, we traveled right past his house. But we were
tired, so we planned to stop the next time.
And we did. But he wasnt
there. We only passed up the opportunity once. But it was once too
often. He was in eternityand the visit would never be made.
How many have stepped
into eternity without Christ because Christians didnt have
a sense of urgency? And time ran out.
No, they wont all
receive Jesus. My mother once felt such an urgency for someone close
to her that she got down on her knees and begged him to consider
Christ. He wouldnt; and he died young.
But many will receive
Christ. It is not our job to save them. But it is our responsibility
to tell them.
"How can people have
faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard
about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?" (Romans
wait any longer to speak to that one God has laid on your heart.
There is too much at stake.
Rustys song ends:
If you have a friend
speak today and not tomorrow
because for them tomorrow may not come
all our lost friends must be told.
We must tell them. Yes, we must tell them.
*Name has been changed.