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Scan through the TV channels anytime between 1am – 6am and you will be bombarded with Ads like those listed above. Companies spend about 10% of their annual prior year revenue on advertising. They spend countless hours trying to figure out how best to sell to YOU and ME, the consumer. So what do these Ad Titles tell us about ourselves?
- We Want It Now
- We Want The Best
- We Want To Look Sexy After We Buy It
- And We Don’t Want To Pay A Ton of $ For It
This is what advertisers have figured out about the average American and they’ve also discovered we watch a sickening amount of television. The average American child watches an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 television commercials per year. $15-17 billion is spent by companies advertising to children in the U.S. and more than $4 billion was spent in 2009 by the fast food industry alone.
We can gather from this that we’re an impatient people. Although we desire the top quality, we’re impatient for results that won’t come without hard work, we’re too busy to commit a substantial amount of time in order to achieve the desired results, and if it costs much more than 6% of our regular paycheck, we’re not going to spend the money on it. It’s not just the financial factor though, but the truth is, we’re afraid we’ll drop the bones on a Ten Minute Trainer, but we won’t follow through. Or we’ll hit that 800 number on the screen and purchase the ULTIMATE Juicer, use it twice, and then toss it on that top shelf in the cabinet where “As Seen On TV” items go to die.
These same quandaries occur in evangelism. Think about it…
- We’d love to share the gospel, but only if it doesn’t take too long
- I’ll do it, but only if it doesn’t cause an argument
- I don’t want to look stupid because I’m unsure of what I believe, so I just won’t share
- I certainly can’t afford to drop any cash on taking someone to lunch to talk about Jesus…I simply have too many bills.
“I would But __ (insert excuse here)___.”
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
― Benjamin Franklin
1 Corinthians 9:16 - For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion ; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
The word there for “compulsion,” in the original language is a word that means: imposed either by the circumstances, or by law of duty regarding to one’s advantage. That’s why the Apostle Paul called himself a Debtor. We are equally as much debtors, as Paul was, to share the GOSPEL with anyone and everyone. Our circumstances have changed from Hell-bound to Heaven-bound; we have hope; we’re beggars who were told where the bread is and now it’s our duty to tell other beggars where the bread is. Yet 61% of Christians don’t share their faith on a regular basis.
Beat the statistics. Be Explicit. Leave No Doubt. We’re not by any means encouraging “Easy Believism,” or saying that you can share the Gospel effectively in 30 seconds flat. We are saying that our lives our worthless if we don’t share the Gospel. Souls are at stake.
If you’re in the Denver, CO area, we’d love for you to come to one of our Training Day events so we can equip and encourage you to share the Gospel effectively.
Jesus is serious about you…it’s time we take His call seriously.
“And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”