Some years back I was involved in Evangelism Explosion, a nationwide program to share the Gospel with others. It was based on 2 diagnostic questions, designed to get people to think about eternity:
1- Do you know for certain that if you were to die today, that you would go to heaven?
2- If God asked you ‘why should I let into My heaven’, what would you say?
I can’t tell you how many people I asked these questions to, told me that they are sure they will go to heaven because they are a good person. This is a misconception taught by a number of Christian denominations, some with millions of followers that are being misled straight to Hell.
To these people, I shared Ephesians 2:8-9 which reads:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
For some, that makes them think, realize and opens them up to hear more of what the Gospel really teaches. For the rest, they seem to be comfortable in their misguided and doomed belief that their good works will earn them a place in heaven.
Many others who I asked the questions to, tell me that they are Christians and they don’t see any need to talk to others about it. They said that their faith is private and they preferred to keep it that way.
These are the ones that I refer to as being cold dark Christians. You can try to talk to them, but they are stubborn and their faith is their privacy. They forget what Jesus said during His Sermon on the Mount:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
While we are not all commanded to go out and be evangelists, but we also are not commanded to keep our faith to ourselves. To each one of us is given a spiritual gift and we are to use that gift or gifts for His purpose and glory and to let our lights shine.
I worked with a man who is one of the few people I knew at the time who really lived his faith. His name was Don. He didn’t run around trying to witness to people, but I can’t tell you how many people I heard ask Don if he was a Christian. The questions were prompted simply by the way Don conducted himself in everything he did and said. He didn’t act holier than thou, but he did live the way the Bible tells us we should live.
When people would ask Don if he was a Christian, he would tell them he was and then used that opportunity to share his faith with them. Don let his light shine simply by the way he lived. I’ve often said that if more Christians lived their faith like many Muslims do, America would still be a Christian nation instead of facing its final days as a free nation.
Then there is Andrew. I’m speaking of the disciple of Jesus named Andrew. What do we know about Andrew from Scripture? We know that he was a disciple and the brother of Peter, but what else do know? Actually, very little, yet Andrew is one of my favorite people in the New Testament.
In John 1:40-42, we read:
“One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas’ (which means Peter).”
In John 6:8-11, we read about Andrew bringing the boy with the 5 barley loaves and 2 fish to Jesus, who blessed the loaves and fish and used them to feed a crowd of over 5,000.
In John 12:20-26, we read about Andrew being the one to bring some Greeks to meet and listen to Jesus.
We aren’t told much about Andrew but what we are told is huge. I often refer to Andrew as ‘The Bringer’. He brought his brother Peter to meet Jesus, he brought the boy with his loaves and fish, to Jesus and he brought the Greeks to see Jesus.
Do you have any idea how important Andrew was? What if he was a private (cold dark) person and never brought his brother Peter to meet Jesus? Look at the influence Peter went on to have. Many consider Peter to be the greatest of Jesus’ original 12 disciples, but if it weren’t for Andrew, we would have never heard of Peter.
Scripture doesn’t tell us anything else about Andrew, but it appears that he was not a speaker, teacher or evangelist. All he did was quietly bring others to Jesus.
So, who are you? Are you a cold dark Christian, a Don or an Andrew?
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