My twins had an amazing experience this weekend. Over a hundred students met together for a weekend of fun and faith-filled challenges. The final event was labeled a “game,” but my girls have explained that this was no game by any means.
The students met for a final Bible study then were given numbers and a candle. They had the process of the exercise explained to them. A couple of people with lighted candles would share information. Once the hearer understood the information well enough to share it, they received a light for their candle, and they could then share their information with someone else.
One of my twins was approached right away and received the information and the lighted candle. In the dimly-lit room, she didn’t realize she walked past her sister on her way to a friend and began sharing the information. After a few minutes the speaker approached the microphone. “Stop everything you are doing. If you have the number seven on your shirt, your number has been called. If your candle is lit, you may move to the right which is heaven. If your candle is unlit, you must move into the next room which is hell.”
No one realized that twist to the “game.” Suddenly there was an urgency about sharing the information and helping others learn it. The friend my daughter spoke to happened to be a seven and had to leave the room. My daughter turned around and stopped at another friend, sharing the information. With that success, she turned to yet someone else when the speaker approached the microphone and called out the number four.
Her twin sister got up and exited the room. Her candle still dark. My daughter actually shed a tear. (And so did her momma when they shared this story!) Do I need to tell you that this exercise made a huge impact on these young people? And yet, this is the walk we face every day. People are dying without the knowledge of a Father who loves them enough to save them. Not only in Africa or China or North Korea. But right here. Next door.
Ephesians 5:16 exhorts believers to “Make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” Paul isn’t speaking of lucrative opportunity or power-grabbing opportunity. He’s speaking of sharing the gospel before someone’s time is up. Before someone’s “number” is called.
Your Turn: What’s the first name (or fake name – God knows) of someone you need to share the good news of Jesus with? Leve it in the comments, even if you want to leave the comment as anonymous. Just writing it down confirms the prompting you’ve been getting from the Spirit. And I’ll pray for you this week.