Someone to Tell Them

Romans 10:14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?


In Acts 8, we find the story of a dignitary from Ethiopia. He was the queen’s treasurer, he was a powerful man and he probably traveled with an entourage. He went to Jerusalem to search for God but found dead, lifeless religion instead. During his visit he obtained a scroll of Isaiah. And as he was traveling through the desert, reading aloud about the suffering Messiah, God led Philip to go to him and share the gospel.

Philip saw him traveling and heard him reading from Isaiah. So Philip walked up and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man said, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” Philip climbed up into the chariot, took the scroll, told him what it meant, and pointed him to Jesus. And before the day was over, that man had become a believer. This is what people are looking for today, someone to show them the way.

There is one thing that Christians and non-Christians have in common: both are very uptight about evangelism. Christians are uptight about evangelizing, and non-Christians are uptight about being evangelized. But some of us give up too easily. When we ask someone if they have heard about Jesus, or if we invite someone to church and they say no, we give up. Instead, ask, “Why do you say that? Did you have a bad experience in church?”

God has primarily chosen to reach people through people. So engage them, and most importantly, keep praying for them. Try it, and you will discover what a joy it is to tell others about Jesus.


David Ball