You Never Mentioned Him to Me

I want you to think about the meaning to the words of the following song, by James Rowe and J. W. Gaines, arranged by H. F. M. Something that I do too often is sing a song and not think about the words. It’s something that I’m working on, and on a recent Sunday, this song caught and held my attention.

When in the better land before the bar we stand,
How deeply grieved our souls may be;
If any lost one there should cry in deep despair,
“You never mentioned Him to me.”

O let us spread the word where ‘er it may be heard,
Help groping souls the light to see,
That yonder none may say, “You showed me not the way,”
“You never mentioned Him to me.”

A few sweet words may guide a lost one to His side,
Or turn sad eyes on Calvary;
So work as days go by, that yonder none may cry,
“You never mentioned Him to me.”

“You never mentioned Him to me,
You helped me not the light to see;
You met me day by day and knew I was astray,
Yet never mentioned Him to me.”

Mark 16:15-16 says “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.’” It’s a hard thing to be the first one to speak out, but sometimes we must be the one who speaks out about Christ to someone for the first time. Other times, someone may be curious about Christianity and start a conversion himself. I always think it’s easier when someone else asks the questions and I can answer. Right now I am involved in a discussion of baptism.

Many of us have friends or family who are not believers, and because they are our friends and family, they are often the hardest to talk to. But remember this important fact: unexpected things happen. If you don’t start a conversion now, you may never get the chance again. A friend of mine recently died unexpectedly, and I am very glad that she was a Christian. Other friends and family may move away. Many of us are afraid of being ridiculed or rejected. But remember, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting God. This is a concept that took me a long time to understand. Even Jesus was rejected (Luke 4:22,28-30 ):

“So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, ‘Is this not Joseph’s son?’ So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.”

Your talents should be used to spread God’s word. Every little bit helps. A story was told to me of a preacher who had a gospel meeting. From that meeting, only one young, teenage girl was baptized. Years later, those women’s sons became elders, deacons, and overseas missionaries. While you can only do a little, God does a lot more, but first you have to do your part. Everybody has talents that they can use to spread God’s word. Whether it’s teaching a group of friends, going out and talking to people, or handing out pamphlets or fliers, everybody can do something.

Matthew 25:15-18: “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.”

Let’s be like the first two servants and use our talents for our Master!

Dear Lord,
Pierce my heart in Your Son that he may grant me the courage to use my talents to spread Your word.
In Jesus Name, Amen

By Megan Skinner


  1. Eva F. Chambers says

    Since I first learned this song over 50 years ago, it has continued to guide my thinking and my actions. Recently I quoted from it to an acquaintance – afellow Christian -and he asked for a copy . I was so happy to find it on the internet. Because of you I am , several others will come under the convicting message embodied here in. May God continue to bless your work.

  2. ekele austine says

    This song has been a compelling force that makes me preach to friends and students. My priority now is to hear them say”thank God u mentioned Jesus to me” when we get to heaven.

  3. I have often been a “reluctant” witness, keeping quiet when I knew God was calling me to share the Good News. I first heard You Never Mentioned Him To Me almost 15 years ago and have been haunted by it ever since. I pray that God found someone else to testify to those I ignored and that I, and you, will never fail again to answer HIS call to tell others about HIM.

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