If Not You
“If not now, when? If not you, who?” is a phrase originally attributed to the Jewish Sage, Hillel the Elder. He is variously called Hillel HaGadol, or Hillel HaZaken, Hillel HaBavli or HaBavli (born Babylon traditionally c. 110 BCE, died 10 CE in Jerusalem). It is said to have been popularized by businessman George Romney in 1973 and again by former President Ronald Reagan in 1980.
The question rings with a demand to be answered in every generation. When you know the truth, and what is necessary to propagate that truth, then you must ask yourself the same question regarding what is to be done with the truth you know.
This is especially true of a truth that will save the lives of thousands, and perhaps millions, of people. Someone must disseminate, that is, distribute, the life saving truth that you hold.
Who, better, can share truth than the one who has a first hand knowledge of it? Such is the call to those who have had an encounter with Jesus, the Christ of God and received His love and life changing transformation by being born-again.
The call is simple to every real believer.
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. Mark 16:15 (AMP)
This is the commission given to every real Christian to carry out the God given ministry of reconciliation.
But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. 2 Corinthians 5:18 (AMP)
So, then, out of the mouth of a Jewish Sage is repeated a simple scriptural question that demands to be answered with regards to who should witness of their own salvation and proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?”