This is where we need all hands on deck. As Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest…” (Lk. 10:2). Upon the completion of His earthly ministry, Jesus sent out laborers to the harvest, and that task has been handed down through the ages by the teaching and training of others to carry on that work (Mt. 28:18-20; 2 Tim. 2:2). Sadly, the laborers are becoming fewer and fewer. As consumerism and other distractions have become our greatest ambitions as a culture, time for doing His bidding has steadily fallen down the list of priorities. So, what are we to do?
First, we must recognize the necessity of teaching. Without being taught, no one comes to Jesus (Jn. 6:44-45). If the gospel is not heard, people cannot come to faith (Rom. 10:13-17). Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6). More could be said on this, but at the end of the day, the only way a person can come to possess saving faith is if they hear the word of God. For most, that only occurs when they hear it from a Christian as few ever decide to pick up a Bible and dig.
Second, we must embrace the task He has given us. There are so many ways to carry out this work. For parents, we must raise our children in an environment which is thoroughly centered on the things of God (Dt. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4; 1 Tim. 2:15). For the rest, we may be the only Christian influence our family members, friends, and coworkers may encounter. This places the responsibility to do God’s bidding on each of us (Mt. 5:14-16; Phil. 2:14-16). Within the church, we always need more teachers in our Bible school program. They say, “As the Bible school program goes, so goes the church.” This is certainly a key factor in the health and vitality of a congregation. Often our teachers never get a break from teaching because there are not enough teachers to fill the needs. This can be detrimental to the overall spiritual health of the teacher as they never get to be taught in a dedicated Bible class. All these efforts require us to step out of our comfort zones, which brings us to our third step in becoming light bearers.
Finally, we must be daily preparing ourselves to guide the erring into the light. The most common answer given as to why we do not involve ourselves in evangelistic efforts is the fear of not having the answers. This is not uncommon, but the one solution to this is to prepare ourselves daily. The primary purpose of the leadership in the church is to prepare each member for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:2). However, elders, preachers, Bible school teachers, etc. can only present these truths to the church. The results are dependent on the effort of the student (2 Tim. 2:15). Remember, some lost soul is fully dependent on you to hear the gospel. Won’t you bear the light for them?