Faithfulservant said:Whats amazing is that when they are saved... God will meet all those needs so why not help the people out by delivering the message.
Another thought I had on this subject... how do we know when and how God uses us.. Have you ever had the perfect scripture come to mind at the perfect time...? Do you think thats our perfect memory? I think the credit goes to the Spirit. Same concept goes to sharing the gospel.. are we perhaps allowing the enemy to deceive us by convincing us that we should hold our tongue and try to be sensitive to needs? The enemy trembles at the name of Jesus...and if the seed didnt take hold at the time of sowing.. who's to say it wont take hold a year from now when the ground is more fertile.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Now this is food for thought..
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Ezekiel 3:20 Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
ouch twice in one chapter.. we know that this means He is stressing something when he repeats it...
Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand
Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Again twice in one chapter... and even more so 4 times in one book and a book that is prophetic..
I personally take the bible literally so it might not hold true for all.
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I think we are not quite on the same frequency here, and I'm not quite certain how to explain the two camps of thought, at this moment.
Let's say, one person is a recovering alcoholic, and has been sober for years, and he sees someone else caught up in alcohol and rapdily heading for a very bad fall. One, his heart ( I think) would go out to the troubled individual. Two, I'd think that he would as a decent human being who's been there, point out that he understood because he has been there, and that there is a way out.
There is your planted seed. Now, it is up to the one who is in trouble to decide if he is sick and tired of being sick and tired. A hand is held out to him, but he must take it on his own decision.
What just happened? One identified with another, which establishes a commonality, and tends to cause one's guard to drop a little. There was no perception of judgement, but rather a kindredness. Next, the one points out that there is a way out, which sparks hope in the soul of desperation. Now, the time for patience is at hand. The desperate one may accept the way out, or may turn away from it, or may have to fall a bit more for awhile. None the less, the seed has still been planted.
What didn't happen? There was no "preaching". There was no damnation. There was no judgement on the person as a person.
I believe that we must meet people on an even playing field. We must make certain that we raise the other to our level, as equals and worthy. We must offer some of our self to show that we too have walked (or are still walking) a similar path. All this must take place before we can even begin to present a way out.
Finally, we must be the right person to do the job at hand. That is where we the well intentioned tend to screw things up. We can't always be the one, nor should we think such, that wins a soul.
Bringing people the Good News is like a football game. Everyone on the team is important to that endeavor, that common goal, but not everyone has the same job in the achieving of that goal. Christ is the Coach, and in order for the team to be successful, the individual players must take their instructions and positions proper, as designated by the Coach. The Coach gives the play, and the players must act according to the strategy of the play, or there will be no touchdown, and the opponent team may win.
The reason I bring this up, is because You pointed out something that I'm not designed to do, namely go out arbitrarily to strangers and talk about God. Not everyone is designed to do that. Nor is everyone designed to hold the attention of many at one time, while expressing the Good News. Some of us work best, one on one, or with small groups.
On the otherhand, I have no problems witnessing for God once it comes into the conversation, or once the conversation is primed for bringing God up. And like you pointed out, the timing is God's, and He will let us know the right moment to bring Him into the conversation.
Does that make sense?