When it comes to telling the good news of God’s Word to others, there is often an excuse of time given by Christians as a cause for falling short. We seem to think that if we do not have an hour or three that there is insufficient time to adequately communicate truth to people.
For those who take the time to calculate such things, there are a number of different measurable modes by which people can express truth to others. Do you recognize what you can accomplish in just 5 minutes?
– In five minutes, the average person can type approximately 300-400 words (between 60-80 wpm).
– In five minutes, the average person can speak anywhere from 750-850 words (while that total may be doubled if you are female or an auctioneer, the total comes out to about 150-175 wpm).
– In five minutes, the average person can read between 1,000 and 1,500 words, equaling 200-300 wpm.
In five minutes, there are massive amounts of communication that can be passed from one person to another. Five minutes is longer than the average commercial break on radio or tv stations; it is longer than the amount of time it takes a tottering baby to walk/crawl from one end of the house to the other (I know from experience); and it is longer than the time it has taken you to read this article so far.
So, let me ask you a question: When you consider the 288 five-minute segments you have in every single day, is it really impossible to find one in which you can talk to someone about the Bible, God’s love for them, and why the decisions they make in regard to their eternal condition are so important? Those five minutes can do so much good, could lead to more opportunities to do the same with that person in the future, and may be the difference between life and death in all eternity.
So, let’s be honest, can you give five minutes?
Last night my wife and I were swimming in a sea of maroon and white. The only problem was we were wearing blue. As we arrived at the stadium for the Mississippi State/Kentucky football game my wife looked around her on a number of occasions and said: “I don’t see any blue.” It was true, there were very few Kentucky fans there, as would be expected at a game such as this. While everyone we met or to whom we spoke was kind and courteous, there were many sidelong glances and small smiles, as if wondering how we made it in the gates (or, with the record of Kentucky this year, why we bothered to come).
On our way home from the game last night I was struck with a thought that developed over those couple of hours. That experience and those reactions are truly the way it is supposed to be with Christianity as well. As Christians, we are living our lives surrounded constantly by the world. We are to be in the world, but not of the world (1 John 2:15-17).
Last night, it would have been easy to wear colors that made us blend in with the crowd; to make it so that nobody could tell for whom we were pulling. However, that would not have well represented the side for which we cheered and the reason for which we came. We are to be a people that stand out as different and distinct from the rest of the world (Rom. 12:1-2). It is not supposed to be only in the privacy of our own home that there is a distinction; but in the public realms of life, our light of service to Christ should shine before men so brightly they cannot help but recognize the working of God on our lives (Mat. 5:16).
So, as we travel through life seeking to serve God, do we “wear our colors proudly?” Do we walk through the sea of the world, not with an air of rudeness, contempt, or arrogance; but simple declaration by word and deed of who we are and on what side we reside? We should; no, that wording is not strong enough… we must. For if we refuse to declare the side on which we stand now, we have no hope of our Lord pointing to us as being on his side in eternity (Mat. 10:32-33).
Are you standing out?