This article originally
appeared in the August 10 1997
We must tell them
Vantage 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 friends
Lord, You know I prayed for words,
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 10:14, CEV).
Christian, dont 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 thats lost,
*Name has been changed.