How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10-14
Long ago I met an unbeliever who told me, "If I believed in hell like you Christians do, I wouldn't be able to sleep until I was sure everyone in the world had heard about Jesus Christ."
Some time later I shared that man's thought at a mission festival. Afterwards, someone came up and said, "I agree with that fellow. That's why we have pastors. It's their job to share Jesus."
Over the years I've thought about both those statements. Both of those fellows are right. It IS the pastor's job to share the Savior's story of salvation with the lost. But, calling or no, salaried job or no, every Christian ought to be telling others about Jesus' blood-bought salvation.
Here's an example of what I'm trying to say.
Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez were the cook and the janitor at an assisted-living home in California. When the home lost its license, the paychecks stopped for the home's employees. All the staff disappeared and the 16 residents were left alone with nobody to take care of them...
... nobody that is except for Maurice and Miguel.
For a number of days the two worked 24-hour shifts. They handed out medication, they diapered, bathed, fed, and cared for the folks at Valley Springs Manor. And they did their good-Samaritan work without pay.
Maurice answered that question when he said, "If I would've left, I think that would have been on my conscience for a very long time." He added, "We had people that had dementia. I just didn't see myself going home - next thing you know they're in the kitchen trying to do their own food and burning the place down."
Eventually the police and fire department did step in to help... and eventually the State of California passed a law which protects the residents of a home from being abandoned if a shutdown occurs.
But for those days... days when it was inconvenient... days when the two missed family gatherings and outings... days when they were without a check and unable to look for employment, those two did the right thing. Their consciences wouldn't let them do differently.
And so it ought to be for every Christian. When we see a lost person, our conscience ought to encourage us to do the right thing and share the Savior's story of salvation. True, we may not get paid for such a witness... but equally true it will be a wonderful thing to see such a person in heaven... who is there because the Holy Spirit used our witness to save them.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me the wisdom, courage, grace, and commitment to share Jesus with those who don't know Him. This I ask in the Savior's Name. Amen.
The story upon which this Daily Devotion is based was written by Kate Seamons on November 26, 2014 for Newser. The website where the parent article can be found is: http://www.newser.com/story/199144/why-a-janitor-cook-kept-working-without-pay.html
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries