Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

“Once upon a time there were four men named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it. But Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about it, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, and Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody and Nobody did the job that Anybody could have done in the first place.” (Anonymous)

In other words, as one writer wrote, “If it’s everybody’s responsibility, it’s nobody’s responsibility.” We tend to assume that others are supposed to be responsible, not ourselves. Sadly, that’s how people view evangelism: “It’s the pastor’s duty, not mine.” But it is our responsibility. I can’t do it alone. You can’t do it on your own. Together we can do it. You and I need to share the Good News of salvation to those who haven’t accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? (Romans 10:13-14, Message)

Now let’s imagine for a moment that the person who shared the Gospel to you have the same mindset. Where do you think you ended up? We are eternally indebted to that person. What better way to repay but to eagerly share the Gospel to another.

I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus I am eager also to preach the gospel to you… (Romans 1:14-15, NET)

So, let us stop thinking somebody else would evangelize. Let us do it ourselves. And if you want to know how, join the Christian Life and Witness Course here at MGC this Thursday (Nov. 17, 7PM-830PM) or Saturday (Nov. 19, 10AM-1130AM). This week’s session talks about “The Christian’s Witness.” God opened this door for us to be trained to share the Gospel. I pray that we would grab this rare opportunity.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes… (Romans 1:16)

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