The 10 Most Wanted
By Phil Barner
Who is on your 10 most wanted list? Let me
explain. Jesus told Zacchaeus, "For the Son of
Man came to seek and save what was
lost." (Luke 19:10) How can we truly say that we
love Jesus if we don't share that same passion?
Hell is too hot and time is too short for us to do
nothing. It shouldn't matter if we consider
ourselves evangelists. The stakes are far too
high. Who do you know that doesn't know Christ
as Savior? Why not take time right now to write
down their names? See if you can come up with
10 names. You can call it a 10 most wanted list.
You can write more names or less names but
the 12 or 6 most wanted list doesn't sound as
catchy. If you can't think of anyone then maybe
you should get out more. Ask God to impress
some people on your heart.
Why make a list? This needs to become a daily
prayer list for you. It's funny, but when you pray
daily for someone you start to care about them
more. It's one thing to pray for the lost. It's
another thing entirely to pray for them by name.
Make sure to put your 10 most wanted list where
you will see it often. Let those names touch your
heart. Don't forget the tragic destination that
they're heading toward. What are you going to
do about it?
Prayer is only the start. Choose one name on
your list and ask God to give you an opportunity
to show them that you care. It doesn't have to be
something big. Be creative. Dare to care about
the person. Let them know that you care. Too
many people don't realize the Good News of
Salvation because all they hear is the bad news
about their sin. Both are important.
Once you have done something kind for the
person on your list you have the opportunity to
go back to that person. Ask if there is anything
that you can pray for that person. Later you can
also take the opportunity to tell them how they
can know that they have eternal life. I realize that
some may not like this approach to evangelism.
That's fine, as long as they are doing something
even more effective. Christ's Great Commission
is for all of us, not just a select few. Why not start
with a 10 most wanted list? Who is on your list?
[NED Connection - Evangelism Minite]