This week, why not try something a bit different
perhaps, a bit scary (for sure when it happens) and pray a simple
prayer committing this next week to God and asking Him for an opportunity
within the next week to chat to one person about Christ...and then
look out for that opportunity - if you ask, it will be there...
For this week's thort, I'm going to quote the
book "The Triumph of John and Betty Stam" about missionaries
to China who die for their faith - a simple yet awesome book if
you get a chance to read it (by Geraldine Howard Taylor)... The
dude just says it so well that I thought I'd use his words - hopefully
they'll challenge you like they do me...
It helps answer the question "How many
people can I make into Christians before I die?" [Trick question
- the answer is none!]
"No one can force a single soul, Christian
(so-called) or heathen, to turn to Christ. All His followers have
to do, all they can do, is to lift up Christ before the world, bring
Him into dingy corners and dark places of the earth where He is
unknown, introduce Him to strangers, talk about Him to everybody,
and live so closely with and in Him that others may see that there
really is such a person as Jesus, because some human being proves
it by being like Him. That is positively all the Lord asks us to
do for Him, because He Himself does the rest.
Jesus isn't dead you see. He is still on earth
and in heaven all the time. He's perfectly able to talk with people,
and He is more powerful and more perfect even than He was on earth
long ago. He is still watching and working for the salvation of
the whole world. Only He can't get in touch with any human being
until that person asks Him in to talk with Him. And no one can ask
Him in, if he has never heard of Him. That is where our work comes
in - to introduce strangers to Christ; only, on His side, no one
is a stranger, for Jesus knows and loves everybody."
You can not make anyone a Christian...
but you can show them the way - you can point them to the One who
can... Pray that prayer...and look out for the opportunity, cause
if you're seriously seeking it, it WILL be there...