My friend, I stand in judgment now, and feel that you’re to blame somehow . . .

Posted: March 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Since my “Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?” post, I have been thinking a lot about personal evangelism.  I ran across this poem a while back and thought I would share it with you.

 

My Friend by D.J. Higgins

 

My friend, I stand in judgment now

And feel that you’re to blame somehow

While on this earth I walked with you day by day

And never did you point the way

You knew the Lord in truth and glory

But never did you tell the story

My knowledge then was very dim

You could have led me safe to him

Though we lived together here on earth

You never told me of your second birth

And now I stand this day condemned

Because you failed to mention him

You taught me many things, that’s true

I called you friend and trusted you

But now I learned, now it’s too late

You could have kept me from this fate

We walked by day and talked by night

And yet you showed me not the light

You let me live, love and die

And all the while you knew I’d never live on high

Yes, I called you friend in life

And trusted you in joy and strife

Yet in coming to this end

I see you really weren’t my friend

 

How many of your friends and family know that you are a Christian? Do you love them enough to tell them Why you live life the way you do? Why you believe?

Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).

Peace,

- chris mooney


  • Christ Taylor

    Well, you could drive yourself mad with thinking that direction. I don’t see Christ telling his disciples to ponder the fates of those they missed. I see Him telling them to ‘let the dead bury the dead’, and that He is the God of the living, not the dead. I believe God works it out that everyone will hear who should hear. We are a witness through our actions more than our words but we need both. HOWEVER, if there is someone specifically on your mind, you should definitely go talk to them right away as I would believe that would be the Holy Spirit prompting you.

    His sheep know His voice (John 10:27)
    God is IN CONTROL (Ecc 12:13-14 +others)

    Ultimately we could drive ourselves crazy with this and start wondering about every soul we run into. Listen to the Holy Spirit and go where He leads you.

    I hope that is some encouragement.

    In Christ,
    Chris

  • http://www.jasonclement.com Jason Clement

    I’ve often thought about this… especially friends from my younger years. What could I, or should I, have done differently? In order to keep from going off the deep end, I have to think this way…

    “Ain’t no need to know where I’ve been, just need to know where I’m going”

    I’m far from perfect, always have been, but the idea is to keep pushing forward. Keep changing, growing, striving for Christ-like perfection.

  • http://collegechristian.wordpress.com Justin

    There is a book I really would like you to read. You can get it at http://www.markcahill.org and it is called One Thing you Can’t Do in Heaven. He will send it to you for free or a donation. It changed my life in regards to personal evangelism.

  • http://tsdi.wordpress.com/ baddogmooney

    Chris Taylor – Thanks for stopping by again. I don’t live my life thinking, “Woulda, shoulda, coulda.” My point was just that we ought to really look at what we are doing to tell those we call our friends about Jesus.

    Jake – the wisdom of Mater, is there anything better? We plant the seed, God brings the increase.

    Justin – Thanks! I’ll give it a look.

  • Dave Malin

    In reply to Christ Taylor’s reply — The purpose of the poem is to essentially “prick the conscience” of believers who find it difficult to share their faith, not to punish us for the one’s we let get away.

    Christ commanded christians to evangelize. Failure to do so is sin. I know this by experience because I find it very difficult – so I’m preaching to myself above all.

    The poem is using a painful reality to prod us to push ourselves to get out of our confort zone and obey. The gospel is propigated by word-of-mouth. As my college evangelism teach used to say, the testimony of “a satisfied customer.”

    We aren’t commanded to win them, just warn them. Then it is on their own head.

  • http://twoworldreligion.blogspot.com Craig

    Act 20:22 And now, behold, I(the apostle Paul) go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
    Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
    Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
    Act 20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
    Act 20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
    Act 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

    Notice the words ‘pure from the blood of all men’.

  • Paul R. Phipps

    The Mark Cahill book (One Thing you Can’t Do in Heaven) is excellent!! I read it in preparation for sharing the Gospel with the crowds at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece with the ministries of Gospel Literature Services led by Dr David Crandall in joint effort with Answers in Genesis led by Dr. Carl Kerby. 130 Christians shared the Gospel message for 10 days and reached hundreds if not thousands with God’s message. I highly recommend http://www.thewayofthemaster.com for evangelical training. Be strong my brothers (and sisters), Joshua 1:8-9

    • http://tsdi.wordpress.com/ baddogmooney

      Awesome! Thanks for stopping in and leaving your thoughts. Ray Comfort has an amazingly simple and powerful message. The gospel is powerful enough to save billions, and simple enough for a child.

  • Betty Draper

    Christ is our example and He came to this earth to seek that which was lost…and He left us with the great commission to go to the whole world with the gospel. I don’t think He put condemnation on us when we fail to witness because He took us out from under condemnation . But its my knowledge of what He did for me that motivates me to want to tell others. I do know seeking wisdom on how and when to witness is important but people are dying and going to hell all around us. II Cor. 5:14-16…I am no longer to live unto myself.
    It’s a convicting poem, not one that makes me feel condemned but convicted to live my life more like Christ. The lost have to hear to believe the gospel and we are God’s mouthpiece. Thoughts from a simple thankful women for the ones I heard the gospel from. It is the power unto salvation.