When it comes to telling the good news of God’s Word to others, there is often an excuse of time given by Christians as a cause for falling short. We seem to think that if we do not have an hour or three that there is insufficient time to adequately communicate truth to people.
For those who take the time to calculate such things, there are a number of different measurable modes by which people can express truth to others. Do you recognize what you can accomplish in just 5 minutes?
– In five minutes, the average person can type approximately 300-400 words (between 60-80 wpm).
– In five minutes, the average person can speak anywhere from 750-850 words (while that total may be doubled if you are female or an auctioneer, the total comes out to about 150-175 wpm).
– In five minutes, the average person can read between 1,000 and 1,500 words, equaling 200-300 wpm.
In five minutes, there are massive amounts of communication that can be passed from one person to another. Five minutes is longer than the average commercial break on radio or tv stations; it is longer than the amount of time it takes a tottering baby to walk/crawl from one end of the house to the other (I know from experience); and it is longer than the time it has taken you to read this article so far.
So, let me ask you a question: When you consider the 288 five-minute segments you have in every single day, is it really impossible to find one in which you can talk to someone about the Bible, God’s love for them, and why the decisions they make in regard to their eternal condition are so important? Those five minutes can do so much good, could lead to more opportunities to do the same with that person in the future, and may be the difference between life and death in all eternity.
So, let’s be honest, can you give five minutes?