For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,1 Corinthians 15:3-4
How long does it take you to read the verse at the top of this page? No, really. Time yourself and see how long it takes. It took me about six seconds.
Paul calls these verses, “the gospel… by which you are being saved” (1 Cor 15:1-2). There are unsearchable riches in Christ (Eph 3:8), but did you know that the simplicity of the gospel can be communicated in a tenth of a minute? I don’t want to oversimplify things, but the implications of this are massive. What’s the significance of what I’m saying?
Have you ever considered that six seconds of your life could alter someone’s eternity? A message so simple that a child could understand it is also the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Rom 1:16). Six seconds can bring someone from darkness to light (1 Peter 2:9), from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Col 1:13), and from the power of Satan to the living God (Acts 26:18). Someone can have life in the presence of God for all of eternity, and it only took six seconds from your day.
Surely, this is simple, but it isn’t cheap. Those six seconds will cost you. You’re gonna have to fight through the awkward feelings of starting that six seconds. (I’d say the first two seconds are the hardest). You might lose a friend. (I’ve been seriously reprimanded a few times for those six seconds). If all goes well, then those six seconds might turn into long nights of prayer, hours of meetings, and years of discipleship. We only need six seconds, but we’re always praying for more.
By God’s grace, we have been given the message of reconciliation. We are His ambassadors, as though God Himself were pleading through us. And sometimes, it only takes six seconds. Brothers and sisters, let’s be those who use those six seconds (and more) to call men and women to repentance. Let’s use that tenth of a minute to point the way to the God who loves them and gave Himself for them. Maybe ask someone you’ve been wanting to share the gospel with, “Excuse me, may I have six seconds of your time?”
© Jacob Crouch 2022