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Are you a Christian? It’s a very simple yes or no question.
Most people typically will say they are a “Christian” here in Anderson County.
Now, I ask you if you are currently making new Christians or disciples of Christ? Are you? If not, are you really a Christian? Can you count how many people you have personally shared the story of Jesus with? Is the answer a couple, a hundred, perhaps none?
It’s interesting that the very last words Christ spoke commanded us to make disciples or all nations. A person’s last words are very important, mind you.
After Christ was crucified and before his ascent into heaven, he commands his disciples in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
In Mark 16:15, Christ says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
Folks, either you are or you are not actively witnessing and sharing God’s Word.
If you are not and you are a professing Christian, are you really entitled to call yourself one?
If you saw someone choking to death in a restaurant, and you knew how to do the Heimlich maneuver, would you save their life?
We come in contact each and every day with people who are eternally damned with no hope of eternal life, yet we are totally indifferent to their perishing, hopeless condition. In the words of Jonathan Edwards, “I pray that if someone is doomed for Hell, they will have to leap over me to get there.”
There is a true story about a gospel preacher who was on the Titanic, and after placing his daughter on a life raft, was plunged into the icy waters of the Atlantic.
As he drifted, clinging desperately to the debris, he called out to a 25-year-old young man also in the frigid water, “Man, are you saved?”
The young man answered, “Sir, I am not.”
“Then call upon the name of Christ, and he will save you.”
The young man watched the preacher slide into the depths of the ocean, but he called out to God who miraculously saved him.
This story is known only because the saved individual sought out the minister’s daughter to tell her that with his dying breath, her father was proclaiming the gospel to a lost sinner.
Are you a “fan” or a “follower?”
Most people in Anderson County have an intellectual awareness of who Christ is, but do you have a life surrendered to Jesus Christ, to be the people that Christ calls us to be?
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg and faith columnist for The Anderson News. Reach him at email@example.com.