BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS?

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Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men (Act 20:26).

 

Consistently in scriptures, we see a remarkable sense of responsibility insinuated concerning evangelizing and discipling our friends. A strong figure of speech is used to describe the guilt of not sharing the gospel with people. This guilt is described as “blood on one’s hands.” You’re literally considered responsible for their lives. It would have been a big deal if you were responsible for their physical lives, but your assignment is an even bigger deal; you’re responsible for their eternal lives.

The Prophecy of Ezekiel also comes to mind: “Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head (Ezekiel 33:1-3).

The idea is that you should never be privy to impending danger and not warn people about it. If you do, the guilt of their mishap will be upon you. It’s the same with the gospel. We cannot keep it to ourselves. We must let people know that there is eternal life in Christ Jesus and that they do not have to die. We must also be careful to teach them the precise truth from God’s word. That will take diligence on our part. Paul, having done that, says he is not guilty of any man’s blood. Friend, can you say that about yourself? Think about that today.

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