As I stood in the office I could see in her eyes something was troubling her deeply. She opened her mouth to speak, but only broke down in tears as she laid her head on my shoulder and sobbed. Finally, she was able to get out the words that were choking her. “I waited too late.”
She unfolded the story of a neighbor she had gotten acquainted with. It was a woman that most ignored, but she built a friendship, having some coffee in the morning together. She said, “I was trying to build a relationship with her so I could tell her about Jesus. I waited too long. She died this week.”I agree that the Gospel flows best across a bridge of relationship. But we can wait too long. God has called us all to share the Good News. The scripture says, <em>”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”</em>
When is the right time to present the Gospel? As soon as any door of opprotunity opens. Sometimes we don’t have time to wait. Someone may be in the hospital dieing. Someone may be on a seat next to us on the airplane and we may never see them again. We have to trust the Holy Spirit to work to overcome barriers. He has promised power to be a witness. (Acts 1:8).
Take inventory today. Who is in your family? Who are your friends? Who are your associates, your neighbors? Who is in your life? WHen will you tell them about Jesus? Don’t wait until it is too late!