Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
I’m opinionated about everything. For instance, if you’re going to a restaurant that I’m familiar with, I’ll have an opinion about what you should order.
And if you’re like me, when you’re thinking about trying out a new restaurant, you’ll go online to see whether other people recommend it.
A recommendation carries weight, doesn’t it?
Now let’s take that idea and apply it to sharing the gospel. What if you were to say to someone, “Here’s the best thing you can do for life and eternity: believe in Jesus Christ”?
We’re willing to talk about our favorite restaurants, but are we willing to talk about Jesus?
To not share the gospel can be a sin because there are sins of commission and sins of omission. Sins of commission include breaking a commandment, crossing a line, or doing a wrong thing. On the other hand, sins of omission involve notdoing the right thing.
The Bible says, Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17 NKJV).
So how could failing to share our faith ever be a sin?
To illustrate, imagine that you were in a house that catches fire. You rush out to save your own life, but you know there are other people inside, innocent people who can’t get out. But you don’t lift a finger to help them. You don’t even call the fire department. You just walk off and act as though it didn’t happen.
Is that wrong?
Yes, it is. That’s even a criminal act.
So how much worse is it for us to know the way to Heaven, to know the way for people to be forgiven of their sins and find meaning and purpose in their lives, but not tell them?
We need to share the good news of Jesus Christ.