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March 29, 1991

The Stakes Are High

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There is a way that seems right to a man, hut in the end it leads to death. PROVERBS 16:25
Unless we work for an evangelistic ministry or serve on the staff of a church, we probably don’t spend our days thinking about how we can do our part to spread the gospel to a lost and dying world. We’re usually more concerned with deadlines, budgets, balance sheets, vendors, and clients than we are with strategizing about how to get the good news out to nonbelievers most efficiently. It’s not that we don’t care or that we don’t intentionally look for ways to share our faith at work. It’s just that we get paid to do a job, and we feel it’s our God-given responsibility to do it well.
All that is as it should be. But it’s difficult to read this proverb and not feel a sense of urgency about telling our friends and coworkers about Jesus. All around us are people who think they’re on their way to heaven. They try hard to be good. They attend church. They’re nice to their children. They recycle. They support the Salvation Army, they help out at the local soup kitchen, and they even give blood occasionally. They’re doing everything they can to make sure that when they reach the end of their lives, the good that they’ve done will outweigh the bad and the Pearly Gates will open to them.
Unfortunately, they’re wrong—dead wrong. “There is a way that seems right to a man,” the writer of Proverbs says, “but in the end it leads to death” (16:25). Working for eternal life seems right. It seems logical. It seems reasonable. But it won’t work.
If you are a follower of Christ, you know that. But do your coworkers know it?

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