Just about every day when I open my email, I tap the “Enter Now” button in a sweepstakes message from a popular clearinghouse.
I don’t purchase any products and never buy lottery tickets or gamble in any way—and I know the odds are against me winning. I also know I don’t have any chance if I don’t enter. For just a moment as I hit that digital button, I have a glimmer of hope for fixing my broken-down house, sending missionaries into uncharted places, and doing great things for the Lord.
The world promises to make life better with this politician, that product, or a dream vacation paid for on credit. With all that sparkle flashing on their television screens, the odds of me leading someone to Christ are minimal.
Why would anyone listen to me when the Savior I tell them about doesn’t have a glitzy ad or physical address? He doesn’t sing popular hits or drive a Mercedes. What He offers can’t be measured materially. To attain what Jesus offers requires faith, trust, and patience—none of which the world has in its fast-food bank.
But I know my Redeemer lives. I know what Jesus promises for a hurt and dying world is far greater than anything people can promise. I know God’s Word is true, infallible, and eternal. I know two thousand years is just a breath from God’s perspective, and that the terrible end of this world could come at any time.
So, no matter what the odds are, I share the love of Jesus at every opportunity. Because tapping that spiritual button has far greater rewards than we can imagine. Whoever won a marathon without entering the race? It takes motivation, great faith, a lot of practice, and endurance. Paul told Timothy he had fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.
While the odds may be against you, if you don’t enter the game of sharing the gospel, you can’t win—and neither will others.
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