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January 4, 2011 / joelmalm

Cowardly Missionaries and Bleating Sheep

When I was 9-years-old I distinctly remember a pastor making this statement, “We were going to be missionaries in Israel until we found out it was illegal to convert people there.”  He seemed really proud about his intentions.  Even at age 9 his comment bothered me.

If the point of evangelism is to save people from the darkness of their sin and eternity in hell and bring them into the light of eternal freedom I ask: What price is too high?

Sending his disciples out to evangelize, Jesus told them, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.”  (Matt. 10:16)

David Platt points out that this was equivalent to Jesus saying, “Go to great danger, and let it be said of you what people would say of sheep wandering into the middle of wolves. ‘They’re crazy! They’re clueless! They have no idea what kind of danger they are getting into!’”

Intentions don’t appear to be enough for Jesus.  We have to put ourselves out there.  We have to face danger.  For now, you don’t face too much danger evangelizing around the United States.  Why not take advantage of that freedom?

Remember, you are called to be a sheep.  Do it calmly.  I have yet to meet an obnoxious sheep bleating out “Re p-e-e-e-ent!”  But be confident.  If you really believe Jesus saves, then it’s the most important message you could ever tell anyone.


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