Before the Titanic sank, the crew had received three messages warning them to watch out for icebergs. Because everything appeared to be safe, the people who received the messages never passed them on to the captain. They never sent the warning to the people who needed to hear it, and as a result, fifteen hundred people drowned that night. All because the messengers stayed quiet.
That’s not the only tragedy that occurred that evening. The lifeboats on board were only half full. People who had boarded lifeboats, paddled away from the sinking ship, and made it to safety didn’t want to go back and pick up people who were dying. They thought that the panicking people might flip their boats and didn’t want to take that risk. So, the people who were saved kept on going. Fifteen hundred people didn’t have to die, but they did anyway. The people who were saved didn’t want to go back because it was too risky.
Sharing the gospel has risks-the risk of rejection, the risk of being made fun of, the risk of being called “holier than thou,” the risk of being called “Preacher,” the risk of being avoided, the risk of being asked questions that you don’t know the answer to. There are definitely risks. But, when someone is dying, offering the gift of salvation is worth the risk.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 ESV)