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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 5, Chapter 7

HOW TO Evangelize Successfully
on the
JOB, in the NEIGHBORHOOD
and in the HOME

Chapter Illustration

Chapter 6
Study Questions

There are three types of Evangelism: Pulpit Evangelism, Passive Evangelism, and Aggressive Planned Evangelism.

PULPIT Evangelism

Pulpit Evangelism is preaching to an audience in mass. Paul, talking to a Pastor named Timothy, stated to him in 2 Timothy 4:1-5,

"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; BE READY IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST, fulfill your ministry."

Timothy was called to be a Pastor, but in this passage the Apostle Paul makes plain that one of his responsibilities as a Pastor is to do the work of Evangelism. Even though this includes one on one Evangelism, it also includes preaching in the pulpit.

Pulpit Evangelism is preaching in a pulpit to an audience in mass. In this type of Evangelism there is no personal contact one on one. As a result the preacher can come across more authoritatively, more aggressively, because the individual in the audience knows if the message is for him or not and can deal with the issue privately between himself and God without any public embarrassment before proclaiming Christ publicly.

AGGRESSIVE PLANNED Evangelism

This is one-on-one Evangelism. Whereas not all Christians are called to be Pulpit Preachers or Evangelists, yet all Christians are called to share their faith with others. Jesus said,

"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be shamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the Holy Angels." (Mark 8:38).

This is pre-planned Evangelism: Planning in agreement with the Holy Spirit to go out literally and approach a total stranger in love to share the Gospel with them. Any time you go out in obedience to God and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others you are acting in love. Why? Because love is not a feeling but a decision of the will. Love is not based on feelings, but is a decision of the will. Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." When the Bible tells us that we are to love God with all our hearts it is not talking about feeling love for God. It means making a deliberate decision against our normal feelings and nature to walk in obedience to God. Paul tells us in the Bible about our human nature:

"For the flesh with-strong-passion-fights against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please." (Gal 5:17).

To plan and take two hours of our time a week to go out and share our faith with total strangers is not only an act of love toward Jesus, but the greatest act of love we can show any man or woman. Why? Because there is a heaven and a Hell and men and women will go to hell if they do not know Jesus. The late Walter Martin, who wrote many books on how to witness to Christian cults, said, "How can a person say he believes in Hell and not take time in his week to go out and share his faith with others?"86 His point was how can we say we believe that heaven and hell are an absolute reality and not warn our fellow men in love of the wrath to come unless we are not really believers? The apostle Paul believed that heaven and hell are absolute realities so much so that speaking about what motivated his life, he wrote,

"But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ĎI believed, therefore I spoke,í we also believe, therefore we also speak." (2 Cor 4:13)

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men." (2 Cor 5:10-11)

Did You ever wonder why God gave Paul so much space in the Bible? He wanted us to learn from his example and do the same.

Men who do not know Jesus WILL go to hell, FOREVER. Because of this reality, taking time in our busy week to go and share our faith with others is the greatest act of love we can show anyone. Evangelism is the responsibility of all Christians.

Aggressive Evangelism by its very nature requires vulnerability and transparency. You are face to face with the individual and so he is exposed to both Your strengths and weaknesses. This is not negative though because our message is not what we are but about the Lord and source of what we are: JESUS! Our message is not what we have done or accomplished but what Jesus has done and accomplished for us: "If Jesus can save us from our sins and change our lives and accept us for who we are, just think of what He can do for You!" Also, this kind of Evangelism gives the person you are witnessing too an opportunity to get answers to questions which may be presently hindering him from releasing his faith in Jesus. Finally, the benefit of this kind of Evangelism is that if the person is ready to receive Jesus you can give them that extra needed word of encouragement to make that decision that a pulpit Evangelist cannot. Often a person does not feel worthy to accept Jesus because of his or her guilt over past sins, but through your encouragement in love they find the courage to turn to Jesus and yield their lives to Him and receive His forgiveness for their sins. John wrote, "As He is, so also are we in this world" (1 John 4:17). We represent Jesus to men. How can they see Jesus unless we who represent him go to man and share our faith with him. Paul wrote,

"For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom 10:13-14).

Men must hear the Gospel to release their faith in Jesus. This is why it is the loving responsibility of all Christians to commit themselves in agreement with the Holy Spirit to take time in their week to go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with men. Personally, no matter what Godís agenda is for me, I go out every Saturday and Sunday afternoon and share the Gospel with men in malls, door to door, in the parks and anywhere else I can find anyone sitting still long enough to hear what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. Many times I have the joy of praying with these people and seeing them come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

When we die, we cannot take anything with us that this world has to offer. The only thing we can take with us are those men and women we allow Jesus to bring to Himself through us by giving of ourselves and time during the week to share the Gospel with lost humanity. To do this is a decision of love, that is a decision of the will, not a feeling. Stop right now and commit yourself to spend a minimum of two hours a week, with the help of the Lord, for the rest of Your life sharing the love of Jesus Christ with men. This is only 1.6% of your time in a week. I really encourage you to make this decision right now. "ĎAt the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped youí; BEHOLD, now is Ďthe acceptable time,í BEHOLD, now is ĎThe day of salvationí" (2 Cor 6:2). Get down on Your knees and pray:

Jesus, by faith right now I commit myself to spend a minimum of 2 hours a week to go out and aggressively share the love of Jesus Christ with men. I acknowledge you in this commitment and ask for Your Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to live it out in Jesus Christ of Nazarethís name, amen.

PASSIVE Evangelism

What I really want to talk to you about in this book is On The Job, in the Neighborhood and in the Home Evangelism. The Apostle Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15,

"For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf."

The circumstances of this type of Evangelism is working next to someone eight hours a day. To just come on immediately aggressively with an Evangelism Tract or some other type of Gospel presentation would be awkward, unnatural, and probably received as such by the recipient. To be an effective witness on the job involves the observation and practice of five elements: Work, Pray, Wait, Love, and Witness with positive results.

First, realize that witnessing your faith with fellow employees or a neighbor or someone in your home is a privilege earned, not a right. We witness first in these kind of circumstances by the way we WORK and relate to them on the natural plane as a Christian. If you are not witnessing Jesus in the way you work and in the way you relate to your fellow employees and neighbors on the natural plane, your verbal witness will fall on deaf ears.

We earn the right to share our faith with fellow employees and neighbors by first being a witness through being a good employee and a good neighbor. Paul states in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men." The writer of Proverbs states in Proverbs 18:9, "He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys." And Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Second, make a prayer list of your fellow employees, neighbors and home members and begin PRAYING for them that Jesus will tear down the strongholds of Satan over their hearts and minds that are keeping them from seeing that Jesus is the answer to their life and needs and to surrendering to Him as Savior and Lord of their lives. (2 Cor 4:3-4, 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:1-4).

The Bible teaches us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Our battle is not with people but with unseen spiritual forces which bind and blind men from the truth of the Gospel. Therefore, before men will be able to hear what we have to say, we will need to first bind those forces which are blinding them and ask the Lord to uncloud their minds so they can see the truth of the Gospel and recognize their need to accept Jesus as Savior from their sins and as Lord of their lives. Paul wrote,

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)

Third, WAIT for Jesusí initiative and leading before you witness verbally. The Psalmist wrote, Psalm 27:14 "Wait for Yehovah; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for Yehovah." Jesus said, "It is the Spirit who creates-life, the flesh profits nothing." (John 6:63). Do you want to know why Jesus was so effective in ministering to others? He tells us in John 5:19, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." Only Jesus knows the heart and the mind of man and when a person is ready to hear what we have to say about Jesus. Be patient and wait for Jesusí leading through the Holy Spirit. He loves the individual better than you ever could and is so concerned with his salvation, He gave up his life to prove it. Trust in Jesusí love, wisdom and timing.

Fourth, in the meantime, while waiting for Jesusí timing and initiative, witness to your fellow employees, neighbors and home members by living out the Gospel before them by LOVING them and through reaching out to their needs (2 Cor 5:14, Rom 2:4, 1 John 3:17-18). A missionary tells how he first reached a man and his family with the Gospel. This man and his family lived in a home made out of grass. It caught on fire and all that they had was destroyed. As this man was standing with his family watching his hut burn, all he could say or think was, "What am I going to do? I have no place to take my family until I can make other provisions!" The missionary standing off to the side thought to himself, "Ah! An opportunity to preach the Gospel." He walked up to the man and his family and said, "Jesus has a mansion for you in heaven." His method of bringing these men and woman to Christ that he knew on a daily basis was to give them a tract and tell them to repent and turn to Jesus.

This man still distracted by his needs just kept saying, "What am I going to do with my family?" All of the sudden the missionary heard himself say out of his mouth, "You and your family can come and stay with me until you can make other arrangements." It was too late, it had been said. He had no other choice. He had to take them in. Proverbs 16:1 states, "The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yehovah."

Fifth, when Jesus does open that door through a question from them, or through leading you directly aggressively, the end result will be that what you SHARE will be ministered in love and received in love and bring the person to Jesus through love, or leave the best possible seed needed that will best aid in the process of bringing that person to the eventual place of receiving Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

OBEDIENCE GLORIFIES GOD AND BRINGS MEN AND WOMEN TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF WHO JESUS IS

A week after this missionary let this man and his family into his home, the man found a new home for his family. As he and his family were getting ready to leave the missionaryís home, the man turned to the missionary and said, "When our home was burning down you were trying to say something to me, but I was so distracted by my families immediate needs I could not listen to what you were saying. Would you please share with me what it was you were trying to say?"

The missionary did just that and led this man and his family to Jesus. John wrote,

"But whoever has the biological means of life, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in DEED and TRUTH." (1 John 3:17-18).

This missionary learned after ten years of preaching the Gospel that there is more to preaching the Gospel than just preaching the Gospel. He learned that his target people had to see Jesus first. They had to see Jesus through him in the way he loved and treated them. Once they saw Jesus through the way he loved them and ministered to their needs, he could not keep them away from the Gospel. They wanted whatever it was he had that made him the loving compassionate person toward their needs he had become.

PERSONAL LIFE EXAMPLES

What I would Like to do now is share with you from my own life experiences from two different job situations of my past. One involved working in a bank in a clerical setting, the other involved working in a production plant.

WORK

Several years ago I had a job in a bank as a file clerk. My responsibilities included managing the trust fund file room and keeping the accounting updated.

When I first started this job, as I always do with any job, I prayed:

Jesus, I am working for You, not men. I want to do a good job for You. I pray for Your anointing, power, grace and Holy Spirit to do my job heartily as for you, not for men.

I did not at first concern myself with witnessing to my fellow employees. I focused on learning my job and becoming good at it. I made sure I got to work at least ten minutes before starting time. I did more than I was asked. I was working for Jesus, not for men. Jesus said in Luke 17:10, "So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you say, ĎWe are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.í" If men do not see Jesus in the way we work and handle our jobs, our words of the gospel will fall on deft ears. It will be a stumbling block to them. They will not be able to hear us. This is what Peter was talking about in 1 Peter 3:16:

"Keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame."

If our fellow employees and employers do not see Jesus in the way we work, they will not hear Jesus when we talk to them about him. They will be thinking to themselves,

Ya! Sure! I see how much Jesus means to you. I see it every day in how you disobey the boss and do your job half-heartedly and in how you always show up late.

But if we do our work diligently and heartily, following our bosses orders, then when we talk to them about Jesus, they will be hearing Jesus. There will not be anything else blocking them from hearing what you have to say.

PRAY

As I began doing my job and got acquainted with all the employees I made a prayer list and began praying daily for each of them in the following way:

Jesus, I pray for Your anointing, power, grace and Holy Spirit upon me and the following employees (whom I would mention by name). I ask You to tear down the strongholds of Satan over them and over me.

In Jesusí name Satan I bind you, I bind you hindering spirits, I bind you spirits of the prince of the air, I bind you evil forces. I command you all to take Your hands off of me and my fellow employees. I send you to Jesus to do with you as He wills. You are not to return in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I also forbid you to hinder these employees from coming to Jesus and from hindering the Holy Spirit from using me in their lives to bring them to Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I pray for Your anointing, power, grace and Holy Spirit over these individuals that You would so arrange their lives and circumstances and relationships with others that it brings them to the end of themselves, to a saving knowledge of who you are and to surrender to You as Savior and Lord to serve You, to be your disciple, to preach the Gospel and to get involved in the battle of the souls of men regularly and weekly.

Jesus, I pray for Your anointing, power, grace and Holy Spirit over myself that You would free me from my own ideas, thoughts and strife about these individual employees, neighbors and home members and that You would fill me full of Your Holy Spirit, ideas, thoughts and strife about how to relate to them. I make myself available to You to use me in their lives to bring them to your self and pray that You would bind me and keep me from doing anything that is not of You and loose me to do only that which is of You in a spirit of love and Your presence. I pray and ask You to do this by faith in Jesusí name. Amen.

WAIT

I then would get it off my mind and focus on being a good employee and doing my job well.

As time went on I began to get acquainted with the individual employees. One of the first employees I met was what I believe was a born again Christian, but who was involved in a Christian faith that encouraged self-religious strife. Before I came she had been going around the office to the twenty or more employees telling them about events going on in her church and trying to get them to attend. Their lack of response caused her much frustration. As a result, she was very happy when I came onto the office team for now she felt she had someone to fellowship with and also someone she could share her frustrations with. Because this was true she kept trying to get together with me. I was not closed to it, but (I can now say this in retrospect) the Holy Spirit kept circumventing us from doing so.

The next employee that I met was the receptionist. She was a religious person but very deeply involved in astrology. She would go around the shop sharing with each individual their astrology for the day and any new information that she had on astrology.

Another lady I met was an administrator who had really bad allergies, so bad she appeared as if always crying. Another lady I met was the vice-presidentís secretary. She was a very beautiful woman who had a very bad mouth: a four letter word vocabulary.

As time went on I would daily pray for each of these womanís needs as I became aware of them,

Jesus, please free my sister of her religious self strife and bring her to rest. Please heal the lady of her allergies. Please open the receptionistís eyes to see that You and You only are the answer to peopleís needs, not astrology or any other system that does not point to You as the answer to their needs. Jesus, please open the vice-presidentís secretaryís eyes to see her need of you and free her from her inward misery.

I had an hour lunch break each day. The bank was located on an outdoor mall in a downtown area, so daily I would take a half hour of my lunch time and go out on the mall and aggressively share my faith with anyone I could find willing to hear what I had to say. My approach was to use an Evangelism Tract. I would walk up to a total stranger and say,

"Hi! My name is Dale and I am out on the mall today taking a survey on this booklet titled, What Is Eternal Life?. May I take a few minutes of Your time and get your honest reaction to it?"

Most of the time the people were on their lunch breaks sitting on a bench relaxing and so were curious and open to hear what I had to say and so would say yes to my request. If they said no I would then say to them,

"May I leave You a copy to look at?"

If they said yes I would give it to them and walk on. If they said no I would respond, "Thank you anyway," and would walk on. Even this reaction witnessed to them because it said I respected the free will Jesus gave them and their person. This would make them more willing to respond with a yes the next time someone approached them in a similar way.

WITNESSING YOUR FAITH WITH FELLOW EMPLOYEES OR A NEIGHBOR OR A HOME MEMBER IS A PRIVILEGE EARNED, NOT A RIGHT

I had been out on the mall for about a month when out of no where this man showed up standing on a bench screaming hell, fire and damnation to anyone within his yelling range. The end result was it completely frustrated my efforts of witnessing to anyone one-on-one since they thought, in light of what was being said by this man in the distance, I was about to do the same. When I would walk up to them they would get up and walk away understandably.

LOVE

I did not immediately assume the worst of this man. I prayed and asked the Lord,

Jesus, you said about Yourself and John the Baptist recorded in Matthew 11:16-19,

"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, `We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.í For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon!í The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax-gathers and sinners!í And wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."

I realize, Jesus, You come to men in many different ways (1 Cor 9:19-27) and You say in Your word not to judge by appearance (John 7:24), but because this manís approach is completely hindering me I need to know Jesus, is this man of You?

The answer came to me the next morning while having my quiet time. I was reading the book of Ephesians and came across Ephesians 4:15, "But speaking the truth in love..." I also read later in 2 Corinthians 5:14, "For the love of Christ controls us..." Through these passages the Lord made it clear to me that He wants us to share the Gospel in love, not in condemnation. I also read later in Romans 2:4,

"Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?"

Here again Paul reaffirms that Godís desired way to bring us to himself is through kindness and love, not hell, fire and condemnation. Hell, fire and damnation approaches are only to be used as a last resort, not as a normative approach to preaching the Gospel. It is to be the exception, not the rule. Over the thirty-four years I have shared my faith with others on the field, there have been times I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to use this approach. One such time was while sharing with an eighty year old retired secular professor. I had been sharing Jesus with him in love for several minutes and responding apologetically (1 Peter 3:15) to several comments he had made to me to try and discredit the gospel. I found that no matter what I said to him or suggested to him to read I got an argument. It became clear to me that he was not looking for the truth but doing whatever he could to resist the Gospel. After thirty-minutes of conversation I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit and looked him straight in the eye and said, Sir, if you do not repent and turn to Jesus and receive him as your Savior and Lord, you will go to Hell! This was a very exceptional circumstance and the exception not the rule. Jesusí answer to me was clear, Dale, unless I tell you otherwise, I want the Gospel preached in love. This man is not from me.

The Vice Presidentís Secretary was in the file room one day using the copier. She Knew I was a Minister and said to me, Dale, what do you think about this man on the mall screaming hell, fire and damnation? I shared with her what the Lord had ministered to me about him and she said in response, Ya! He thinks if God did not have him, he could not save the world. She hit the nail right on the head. Here was a person who did not know Jesus, but she was discerning enough to realize this man was not being led of the Holy Spirit of God in his trying to share the Gospel with others.

One day the receptionist came to work with a Chinese Astrology Chart she had come across. She took it and went around telling everybody their Chinese astrology. Eventually she came in the back to me:

"Dale, when is your birthday?"

"Why do You want to know?"

"I have this Chinese Astrology chart."

"I do not mean to offend you, but I am just not into that."

"Oh! That is okay Dale."

As she was walking away I prayed, Jesus, do You want me to talk with her about what the Bible teaches on Astrology? The answer was immediate: No. Just pray for her.

WITNESS WITH POSITIVE RESULTS

The Vice Presidentís secretary knowing that I was a minister said to me one day while in the back, Dale, now be honest with me, does my language bother you? She thought at one time I was studying to be a priest because during my lunch break I was studying Biblical Hebrew, so I explained to her in response:

Let me explain it to you in this way: I was studying to be a priest several years ago, but I had a problem that was not too consistent with the vocation I was pursuing that I could not overcome in my own strength. The problem was a four letter word vocabulary. The old computer upstairs was well programmed and I could not unprogram it. One day while coming home from school I gave my life to Jesus. I prayed, "Jesus, I cannot change me. You change me. Here is my life, it is Yours to do with whatever you please." To me it was a prayer like a thousand other prayers I had previously prayed, but three days later I got up one morning and realized my four letter word vocabulary was gone and I knew I had nothing to do with it. Jesus just took it away. If I could not clean up my mouth except through the power of God, how could I condemn you for your mouth. Your problem is not your mouth, your problem is that you need Jesus."

She did not receive Jesus that day, but she did leave seriously thinking about what I had said while experiencing the fruit of the Spirit of Love, Joy and Peace. When what we minister is motivated by the Holy Spirit, it is always ministered in love and received in love whether the person accepts Jesus at that moment or not. This is because the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy and peace.87 We also leave a good taste in the personís mouth which keeps them open to hear more when they are ready for it.

The receptionist, the astrologist, was a canvas artist. One morning during my quiet time the Lord spoke to me in my heart and told me to show her a drawing He had given me for the cover of my Advancec Textbook which is the sequel to this Textbook.85 The cover was a symbol of the relationship of the Trinity and the Trinityís desired relationship with the Church. When I asked the Lord why, all He said was, "Just obey Me."

I brought the drawing with me to work and when the receptionist came to the file room to use the copier I said to her,

Please come over here and let me show you a drawing I have for a book I have written. As she was looking at the drawing I explained to her what it was about and what it symbolized. She stared at it for a moment and then looked up and said to me, Dale, What does the Bible Say about Astrology? Jesus knew how to get into her heart. I did not. Had I just immediately approached her about what the Bible taught about astrology, her ego would have never let me know that she knew that what I was saying about astrology and the Bible was true. She would have thrown up a wall and probably preached astrology all the stronger to defend her position.

After her question I went on to share with her that the bible condemns idolatry. I explained to her that idolatry is anything we look to besides Jesus for the answers to our needs. I then shared what Jesus said in the Gospel of John chapter 10:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.... Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.... If anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture." (John 10:1-9).

She prayed and received Jesus into her heart as Savior and Lord and just as she did with astrology she went around the office sharing with everyone that she had come to know Jesus and that only Jesus was the answer to all of our needs. She also shared how I had helped her come to understand this absolute truth.

Not long after this I was in an office meeting where again I observed the office administrator who had the bad allergies. During the whole meeting she was sniffing and wiping her eyes. My heart really went out to her. I prayed, Jesus do you want me to pray for this lady to be healed. I got an immediate, Yes! I then prayed and asked the Lord to give me an opportunity to do so. The next day she came into the file room to use the copier. When she did I said to her, (I will call her Alice) Alice, do you believe in prayer? I did not know if she was a believer or not. She responded back, Why do you ask? I said in response, If you are open to it I would like to pray for you that God would heal you of your allergies. She looked around to see if anyone else was in the room. When she was convinced there was not, she said to me, I guess so. With that I laid my hand on her and prayed,

Jesus, I pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon Alice. Please heal her and take these allergies away. I pray and believe You for this now in Jesus name. Amen.

Her attitude was she had pacified me and left the room. Ten minutes later she came running back into the room with tears in her eyes only now not tears because of her allergies but because she was healed. She said over and over, It is gone! It is gone! My sinuses are clear! It is gone!

Needless to say this had a tremendous impact on the rest of the office. They had known Alice for years before they had known me. She was not a believer, but an obvious instant miracle had taken place which neither she nor anyone else could deny. They did not know what I had but they knew it worked. As a result the Gospel was clearly shared all over the office with people willing and interested to hear.

This brings us back to the first Christian lady I met. This was more than she could stand. She thought to herself,

Jane (fictitious name): Who is this guy? I have been here a year and a half and have not been able to get anyone to hear what I have to say. He has been here four months and the whole office is turned upside down. What does he have that I do not have?

She approached me and said she needed to talk with me so we set up a night to get together and did.

Jane: What is it you have that I do not have? You have been here four months and have accomplished more than I have been able to in a year and a half.

I went on and shared with her,

Dale: Jane, what is different about us is our approaches. As soon as something is going on at your church you want to run around the office and tell everyone about it because you care about them and want them to come to Jesus. I take a different approach. I make a prayer list and initially just pray for each individual employee that Jesus would save them and bring them to Himself. I then focus on being a good employee and loving my fellow workers. I keep faithfully doing my job and wait for the Holy Spirit to tell me when to share my faith with an employee or wait for an employee to ask me directly. The Bible states in Psalm 64:6, "For the inward thought and the heart of man are unsearchable." We can never know a manís heart by just what we see on the surface or what is truly in their heart by what they say. Jeremiah said that the heart is more deceitful than all else and desperately sick, that no one can understand it (Jeremiah 17:10). It is for this reason that the Psalmist writes in Palm 49:7-9,

"No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for himófor the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying foreveróthat he should live on eternally; that he should not undergo decay."

God tells you and I that we cannot redeem anyone, that because this is true we should cease our striving to save anyone. This is because only God knows what is in the heart, we do not. This does not mean He does not want us to be His witnesses as he leads us through His Holy Spirit, but that He simply wants us to look to Him to know what to say and when to say it or not say anything at all but just pray.

I believe that one major reason Christians are so reluctant to get involved in Aggressive Planned Evangelism is because they think Evangelism means going out and trying to convince someone that they need to receive Jesus. If the person does not receive Jesus they then feel they are complete failures, but this is not what it means to aggressively witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Witnessing involves explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. What the person does with that information is between them and Jesus. If you have communicated to the person clearly what it means to be a Christian and how to become one, regardless of how he or she responds to that information, you have been a successful witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to be witnesses of the truth of the Gospel. He does not hold us responsible to make sure the person says yes to Jesus. We are called to plant the seed of Godís word. It is Godís responsibility to make that seed grow and bring about fruit. Paul the Apostle wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:7, "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth." You might ask, "If this is true, then why witness at all?" The Holy Spirit leads a person by what he knows. If we do not take the initiative in love to share the love of Jesus Christ with men, Jesus will not be able to work in that personís heart through the Holy Spirit to bring him or her to himself.

There are three ingredients involved in bringing a person to Christ:

  1. The sharing of the Word.

  2. The quickening and conviction of the Holy Spirit.

  3. The will of the individual.

Dale: The only thing required of you and I is number 1: The sharing of the Word. This is what and all Jesus calls you and I to do, to go out and share the Word of God with anyone who will hear what we have to say. It is the Holy Spiritís job to convince the individual that what you have shared is true. It is the personís listening responsibility to decide how he or she will respond to that information and conviction of the Holy Spirit. But if You and I do not go out and plant the Word of God, the Holy Spirit wonít be able to do his job and the person will not know that Jesus is the answer to his or her needs.

I then went on to share with this Christian lady how I approach sharing my faith with people on the job: work, pray, wait, love and then witness with positive results. I then went on to explain to her how in my past I strove also and was not able to overcome my flesh to let the Holy Spirit through until after I was Baptized in the Holy Spirit.

We talked and shared for many hours and she did not argue with me or try to lay religion on me, she just listened. She could not deny the fruit of my life and the lack of fruit in her life. This made me realize the Lordís wisdom in keeping us from getting together when I first came to work at this bank. Jesus saw the strife in this woman and knew that had I tried to explain to her then what I explained to her four months later she would not have received it. Her religious pride would only have put up a wall. Jesus knew she had to see the fruit of my life first and the motivation of the Holy Spirit through my life first before she would hear anything I had to say. You see, sharing with a brother or sister a truth is no different than sharing the Gospel on the job. We have to wait for the Lordís timing on the matter and just pray for the brother or sister about the matter that concerns us. We might find God changing us first before we jump ahead prematurely and embarrass ourselves. I heard a Pastor in a church say one time, It is better to be late and with God than to be early and without Him. God says in His Word, "Cease striving and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10).

Why is it that we as Christians so often fail in our attempts to be a witness for Jesus? It is because we look at what God does through His successful servants and think that if we just imitate them we will be successful also. We look at what Jesus did and think, If I just do what Jesus did I will be successful to. But what happens? Are we successful? No. We walk away embarrassed, naked and ashamed. What we do not understand is that the reason why special servants of God are so successful and the reason why Jesus was a total success was not because of what they do, but because of the motivation behind what they do. Jesus said over and over again about what He said and did:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." (John 5:19).

"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has One who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me." (John 12:48-50).

The key to the success of Jesusí ministry was not what he did, but the MOTIVATION behind what he did. His motivation was the leading of the Father through the Holy Spirit. Read again through the Gospels and read what the Gospel writers say about Jesus. Right after being Baptized in the Holy Spirit in the River Jordan, Luke tells us, "And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was LED ABOUT BY THE SPIRIT into the wilderness." Did not Jesus pray all night for the Fatherís leading through the Holy Spirit as to who to pick for the Twelve Apostles? Everything Jesus did was through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus waited thirty years for the Father to say, Okay Jesus, it is time to let the world know who You are. Jesus had complete humility. What does Jesus desire of us? He tells us in John 17:18 and 20:21: Jesus, in his High Priestly prayer to the Father prays, "As You did send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the World." Jesus said to his disciples after He arose from the dead, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." Jesus only acted and spoke out of the initiative of the Father, He commands us to do the same.

A couple of years later after this bank job the Lord led me to go to Oral Roberts University to complete my theological education. While attending ORU I worked for United Parcel Service and for two years after I graduated. UPS has a very intense operation. There is not one second of time wasted. Because of the intensity of the operation I found being able to talk about anything at all other than the job with other workers very difficult. Nevertheless, daily I applied the principles I have shared in this book: work, pray, wait, love, witness with positive results. I worked hard and daily prayed and asked the Lord to help me be a good employee.

After Five years of working faithfully and diligently for UPS, a supervisor came up to me and shared with me how he recently became a Christian as a result of observing my life and the way I related to others in the plant. This is why Paul wrote in the Bible,

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Cor 15:58).

"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." (Gal 6:9).

Obedience glorifies God and brings men and women to a saving knowledge of who Jesus is. Why? Because God sees the whole picture. We only see what is in front of us. Jesus sees what is inside of the heart of man. We see only what men say. Because God sees what is in menís hearts, only he knows when the time is right for us to approach a fellow worker, neighbor or family member aggressively about the Gospel. It is a matter of faith and trust in Jesusí goodness. Jesus promises us in his Word concerning our prayers and concerns for others,

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18).

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8).

How do you become an effective witness on the job, in your neighborhood and in your home? By Working, Praying, Waiting, Loving, and then as the Lord leads: Witnessing with positive results.

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