The X-Ray Question
The doctors don’t ask you, they tell you. “We’re going to need an X-Ray on that. It could be any part of your body and it could be for a broken bone or anything else. I had an experience like that a few days ago. I was experiencing discomfort in my leg. When I checked the source of the problem (right below the knee) there was a knot maybe the size of one of those boulder marbles some of us used to play with. It was sore and when I twisted funny it would cause pain. I put ice on it and that seemed to help for awhile but the swelling wouldn’t completely go away and there continued to be periodic pain. Finally I went to the doctor and he felt the knot and then he informed me that they were going to do the X-Ray. He was pretty certain it wasn’t anything serious but the X-Ray would remove all doubts as far as a tumor causing the problem. So I had the X-Ray and he showed me the pictures. Of course the pictures came from underneath the skin and revealed everything. In my case it was added bone like you get with a bone spur. It was my bodies defense mechanism to protect it from the inflammation that I had experienced.
I’m sure most of you have heard of the Reverend Billy Graham. Recently Billy passed away at the age of 99. After He passed away I saw a cartoon that described a scene that might have taken place in heaven.
Through the years millions of people have prayed the prayer of salvation after Billy had preached a message at one of his many crusades. Through the years I have listened to many of Billy Graham’s messages at his crusades on TV. The things that I always noticed were that his messages were not unlike any that I have heard before. He kept it simple and easy to understand. The difference though is that he talked to a large number of people every time and he always received a great response when he asked people to come forward and pray.
It started many years ago. God put a vision in Billy Graham’s heart that wouldn’t go away. It was a vision of standing in front of multitudes of people and presenting the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Through the years Billy was led to build on that vision and traveled all over the world with his message. Billy Graham was sold out to Jesus Christ and only wanted to share the good news with everyone.
Like Billy Graham Jesus has called all Christians to go into all the world too. In Mark 16:15 Jesus said …And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He didn’t say Go into all of the world and get people to come to church. He didn’t say Go into all of the world and bring people to your pastor. There is a statistic that 95% of Christians have never led anyone to the Lord. This is a very sad statistic that needs to change. Most of us do not try to lead people to the Lord because we don’t know how. Another reason we don’t try is we don’t have a plan. We don’t think about anyone else getting saved as long as we are. We may think that we can’t go all over the world but Jesus is talking about people we come across in our world.
So how can we be an excited witness for Jesus? Some of you will not try because you are convinced it is a talent. I am here to tell you that it is a skill. With a skill we can acquire it if we practice. How many of you can ride a bike? I’m thinking a great majority of you. Now when you first tried to ride the bike did you take right off? Probably not…there was undoubtedly falls on the way. But you kept trying and got better at it and before you knew it you were not falling at all. That is how it is with sharing Jesus too. It may not be comfortable at first but the more you do it the easier it gets.
The first step as in anything we do in life there has to be a plan. I have learned a simple short way to share the Gospel with people. It starts with memorizing 4 Bible verses. Here are the verses.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 1:12 states that Whoever receives him he gives the right to become children of God and
Revelation 3:20 states this (this is Jesus talking) Behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in.
You may say to yourself I can’t memorize these verses but I’m telling you that you can! Remember back in your school days when you had to remember many times more than this. This is four verses that will help bring people into the kingdom of God! Are you willing to try and let God use you to rescue the lost?
When Jesus called out some of the fishermen disciples he told them that he would make them fishers of men. The parallel is really good between fishermen and our calling. When we fish we don’t chase the fish. We don’t get in a motorboat and track them down. What we do is bait our poll and wait. When people come our way we look for chances to witness to them. So how do we get on the subject? When I meet someone I might offer that I write Christian stories on the internet. You might offer that you go to such and such church or how God has changed your life, or you might just ask them if they like to talk about spiritual things? It is important that you don’t violate anyone’s free will so if they get angry you should back off.
After I mention one of the above I ask them if they are a Christian? Whether they say yes or no really doesn’t matter at this point because the next question is the X-Ray question. So whatever they say yes or no or I’m an atheist or whatever ask them this. If I were to ask you what a Christian is what would you say? If they answer that it means that you are saved by grace or words to that effect and state that they are saved you can cut right to the prayer at the end and ask them if they would mind if we agreed to re-dedicate our lives together? Otherwise, after they tell you one of the many other answers (and there are many) ask them this…Would you mind if I shared 4 Bible verses with you about what a Christian is? If they say yes then end it right there…If they say they wouldn’t mind then say this…
Romans 3:23 states that All have sinned and come short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23 states that The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
John 1:12 states that For as many as received him to them he gave the right to be children of God and
Revelation 3:20 (Jesus talking) Behold I stand at the door and knock If anyone opens the door I will come in.
Then Mention their name..Dave, Jesus wants to come into your heart right now Will you let him in? If they say yes ask them to pray after you..Lord Jesus……Come into my heart and save me…….Forgive me of all my sins……Be my Lord and Savior Amen
It’s that simple. We are not out recruiting people for our church. All we are doing is sharing the good news! A friend of mine mentioned that when he was quite small he was standing at the end of the diving board crying. “What’s wrong?” his mother asked him. “I’m afraid to jump in”, was his reply. It wasn’t long before he felt a push on his back and the next thing he knew he was in the water! It happened so fast and he came out of there with a big smile on his face! For the rest of that afternoon he jumped in the water a number of times and loved it. That is the push we need sometimes as Christians. Once we experience it we will want to do it over and over because the Holy Spirit gives us such a good feeling that we are doing exactly what we are called to do!