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TALKING ABOUT JESUS

Maybe you've heard the story about the little girl who was telling her mother all about Bible class. "Did you know," she asked her mother, "that the teacher is Jesus' grandmother?" The sweet mother replied, "That interesting, dear. And how do you know?" And the little girl said, "Because she talks about Him all the time." What do you love to talk about most? Sports? Money? Fishing? Shopping? Politics? The weather? The stock market? Does Jesus ever come up in your conversations? The Great Commission recorded in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16 commands followers of Jesus in every age to go and preach the Gospel to every person in the world. The following compelling words from an unknown author capture the heart and soul of God's call and Jesus' command to His church:

        Give us a watchword for the hour,
        A thrilling word, a word of power;
        A battle cry, a flaming breath,
        A call to conquest or to death;
        A word to rouse the church from rest,
        To heed the Master's high bequest.
        The call is given, ye hosts arise,
        The watchword is EVANGELIZE!
        To fallen men, a dying race,
        Make known the gift of Gospel grace.
        The world that now in darkness lies,
        0' Church of Christ, EVANGELIZE!

The words of the song, "I Love To Tell The Story" remind every Christian of our privilege and responsibility — "I love to tell the story, Twill be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love." Beautiful words. . .but not enough. We must not wait till glory to tell His story. Down the street, across town, across the country, around the world — this very moment tens of millions remain unsought, untold, and unsaved! There will be no glory for them unless someone comes and tells them the old story of Jesus and His love. The church must not be content to simply sing and talk about telling the story in comfortable church buildings while masses sit in spiritual darkness waiting for someone to bring the light. Soul winning workshops, training courses, evangelism schools and classes, books, DVD's sermons, songs, articles (like this one) and rhetoric about preaching to and reaching the lost all have their place. But while we keep talking about telling the story, somebody — no, make that a lot of somebodies (some far from us and some dear to us) are going to meet God, untold and unprepared for eternity.

Cartoonist Doug Hall depicted a preacher addressing the church: "The question is, How do we win the world to Christ. . . .with a minimum of fuss and bother?" Jesus' efforts to win our souls required a lot of fuss and bother. When was the last time you talked to someone about Jesus and His Gospel?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ