17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. (V. 11)
One of the things we are all called to do is to spread the message of reconciliation, the only way that men can be brought back into a right relationship with a Holy God. We don't just try to convince people to believe what we do so we can put another notch on our belt. We don't just try to turn on our friends to the latest self-help method found in the church. We come out of a deep burden for the lost, stemming from our understanding of what is rightfully coming to them as a result of their sin. It burdens me to see people who are not reconciled with God that I jump into conversations with them the way I would jump into a pool if I saw that a child had fallen in and was drowning.
I don't witness because I feel I am better than anyone. I witness because I understand where my sin was leading me. I witness because I ache to think that would happen to anyone I love, to anyone you love. Do you have a burden for the lost?
"Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that." - Charles Spurgeon