Can you look your friends in the eye and say ‘I don’t care… that you reject Jesus and are heading towards hell’?

It struck me today that that can be effectively what we’re saying when we don’t pray for our friends, when we’re not intentional about looking for opportunities to speak about Jesus, or when we avoid talking about Jesus. That can be what we’re effectively saying when we don’t get to know the Bible well so that we can share the story of God with people. That can be effectively what we’re saying when we don’t have Jesus ready on our lips, when we don’t serve others because of a commitment to our own comfort…

But I imagine few of us have the consistency and integrity to actually look our friends in the eye and say ‘I don’t care…’

Obviously that’s not the only option. If we don’t want to look our friends in the eye and say those chilling words, perhaps we need to actually care about them. We need to pray more consistently and with tears for them. We need to learn our Bible, to be speaking the gospel to each other so we’re ready to speak it to others. We need to rejoice in the truth so that others hear it. We need to serve as Jesus served so they see it.

Then we can look our friends in the eye and say ‘I do care…’

Lord may this be true of me.

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