Back in 1983, the Ad Council launched a campaign declaring “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” It was a worthy slogan to be sure. Their website claims that 68% of Americans have since reported that they have tried to prevent someone from driving after drinking. Obviously, the campaign has worked to bring the seriousness of drunk driving to the forefront.
Although curbing incidences of drunk driving is a lofty and worthwhile goal, it pales in comparison to sharing Jesus with others. We, as Christians, hold the key to eternal salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet many are too distracted , busy or simply afraid to share it with others. All of us agree that if we held the knowledge to cure the world’s most deadly diseases, we wouldn’t hesitate to pass that wisdom on. The Ad Council had a 68% success rate with their drunk driving campaign. Are 68% of Christians sharing Jesus with their friends? If so, I think we would see the church grow dramatically.
In John 1:43, we find Jesus calling Phillip to follow him. Two verses later it says, “Phillip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.'” And in John 4:29 after the Samaritan woman found Jesus the Messiah at the well, she rushed back to her town declaring, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” In both of these examples, someone took the knowledge of Jesus and immediately shared it with someone else. There was no hesitation or delay. Because Phillip spoke of Jesus, Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel” (John 1:49). Because the Samaritan woman told her kinfolk about Jesus, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39).
A real follower of Christ is one who seeks to share his good news with others. Remember…Friends don’t let friends die without Jesus!