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One time I had an experience of sharing the importance of Evangelism
with a Christian on the field that I believe many of you can relate
to. I believe that this experience would be an encouragement to you
about the importance of our taking time in our weeks to go out and
share the Gospel with others, so I would like to share it with you.
After sharing through the Evangelism Tract: , I had
the following conversation with this Christian brother I will call
John (fictitious name, real person):
Dale P. Kruse (DPK):
John, would you like to pray right now and commit your free time to
share the love of Jesus Christ with others?
I know I need to take time in my week to share Jesus with others,
but I have these problems in my life I need to solve first.
John, let me share with you how to make this commitment when you are
ready to do so. In this tract I have a suggested prayer. Let me read
it to you. It says: (read the prayer).
John, I appreciate your
allowing me this time to share this tract with you. You may keep it
to read for yourself (as I handed it to him).
John, may I share with you
somethings about my life and my sharing the Gospel with others?
John, twenty-three years (1991) ago the Lord called me to the
ministry. I did not know him at that time. Nevertheless, He called
me. Being raised in the Catholic faith I assumed He wanted me to
become a priest, so I begin to study for the priesthood. While doing
this I decided to read the Bible, a good place to start if you are
studying for the ministry, right?
It was while studying the Bible that I came to realize that I was a
hopelessly lost sinner who if left to himself had no hope of
salvation. Eventually though through reading the Scripture I came to
realize that salvation was not through any works of mine but through
Jesusí death and shed blood on the cross alone, that I must receive
His death and shed blood for my sins by faith. I did this one day
while coming home from school. I prayed,
Jesus, my life is far short
of what I want it to be and I am sure it is far short of what You
want it to be, but this is Dale, I cannot change him. You change me!
Here is my life to do with whatever you please, come into my heart
and change me and make me what You want me to be.
John, an incredible thing
happened that day! Jesus came into my heart and begin to change me.
For the next eight months he slowly stripped me of my religious self
stife and brought me to rest (Matt 11:28-30). At that point it was
not clear exactly what Jesusí direction was for me in preparing for
the ministry, but He begin to deal with me about my need as a
Christian to go out and aggressively share the Gospel with others.
Donít ask me why, but for some reason the idea petrified me. I could
not overcome my fear. When I thought about talking to people about
God, I pictured someone standing on a bench screaming hell, fire and
damnation.Somehow, this did not appeal to me. I could not bring
myself to do it.
Not knowing what to
do to overcome my fears, I went on a fast crying out to Jesus for
boldness to share the Gospel, whatever that meant which was not
really clear at the time. At the end of the fast the Lord led a man
into my path. I had gotten a summer job between my junior and senior
years of high school. I meant this man on this job.
While working there he went on
vacation for a week. When he came back I asked him what he did on
his vacation. He told me that he went through a training program in
how to share his faith with others. I asked him what he learned. He
pulled out a Salvation Tract and shared with me how he
learned how to share his faith with others. I realized our having
this discussion was not an accident, that the Lord had led us
together for this very purpose. So I asked him if it was possible
for me to go through this training program in Evangelism. He told me
I could. I signed up and before the summer was over went through
this training program of Evangelism.
John, I discovered while going
through that Evangelism training program that I had a worse problem
than fear, it was ignorance. I did not know how or what exactly
sharing the Gospel meant. In that training program I learned what
the Gospel was and how to lovingly present the Gospel to others.
I came back to my high school
in the fall now knowing how to share the Gospel. Before the year was
over I had shared with every student on campus. I saw many of them
come to Christ and some of these people are in the ministry today.
John, when I went through this
training program, we were taught that it was best to go out and
share the Gospel with someone else, that there should always be two
of you together. While in college this was no problem because I knew
many people college age that had gone through this training program
and so we had each others numbers and would call each other whenever
we needed a partner to go out with to share the Gospel.
As time went on past college,
many of these people became sophisticated and felt it was no longer
proper for them to take time in their weeks to go out and
aggressively share the Gospel with others (Jesus, deliver us from
sophistication). Eventually I found myself alone in this endeavor. I
realized that if I only went out to share the Gospel when I had a
partner, I would never go out and share the Gospel. I finally had to
come to a point of decision. I prayed,
Jesus, if you provide me a
partner to do evangelism, great, but I will not allow this to keep
me from using my free time to go out and share the Gospel.
As time when on I realized
this was exactly what Jesus wanted me to do. Yes, He wanted my
brethren to join with me in this experience, but people needed to
hear the Gospel and He was pleased with me that I would go out
whether I had a partner or not.
Satan did not take this
lightly. He was not pleased with this arrangement at all, so he
begin to attack me in different ways. One of the ways he first
attacked me to try and discourage me from going out and sharing the
Gospel was to attack me financially. The thought came to me that how
could I tell others they needed to get their lives right with Jesus
if I could not control my finances. This argument seemed reasonable,
but much time went by and I found myself continuing to have battles
with my finances. I finally realized I was not having these problems
by accident, that this was an attack of Satan to discourage and try
and stop me from sharing the Gospel. I also realized that if I
waited until my financial problems were solved that I would never go
out and share the Gospel, that I could not allow this or any other
problem to stop me from using my free time to share Jesus with
I donít need an anvil dropped on my head to get the message.
John, on this side of heaven we are always going to have problems.
That is because we live in the presence of a sinful nature on this
side of heaven. Our message in sharing the Gospel, however, is not
what we are. We are not called to go out and share with people,
"Hey! Look at me! If you do what I do, you can be spiritual too!"
That is not our message! Our message is, "Hey, I had this problem in
my life that I could not solve until I gave my life to Jesus and He
changed me!" If you give you life to Jesus, He will save you and
give you the solution to your problems also." Our message is not
about who we are but about who Jesus is!
John, Jesusí solution to Your problems and needs is not to focus on
them, but to invest in His Kingdom and to give to others. Jesus
"But seek-continually first His kingdom and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added to you."
"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by
your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
John, the greatest
gift and the most loving thing You can do for another
person is to share the love of Jesus Christ with them. This is what
The Three Gís: Jesus said in
that all authority in heaven and earth are given to Him, therefore
we are not to wait but to
Second, in Luke 6:38
Jesus said Give!
Use your free time to share the love of Jesus Christ with others.
Third, Jesus said to the measure that you give to others you will
answers to your needs in return. If you want answers to your
problems and needs, Jesusí answer for you is to
and then you will Get!
the answers to Your needs you are looking for.
John, would you like
to pray now and give your free time to Jesus to allow him to use you
to bring others to Himself?
Yes I would!
Then John, why donít you pray this pray out loud right now and as
you do I will agree with you.
Lord Jesus Christ, I belive that Heaven is more real and permanent
than this earth. For this reason I commit my life to invest in Your
Kingdom by using my free time to share the love of Jesus Christ with
men and for study and training to that end. I do this by faith and
trust You to lead me to what I need to know and do in Jesus Christ
of Nazarethís name, amen.
Brethren events of
the past decade, especially as it relates to Israel, tell us that
Jesus is coming soon, very soon. Jesus said, "We must work the works
of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no
man can work" (John 9:4). The fact that He is coming soon is all the
more reason we need to give of ourselves to Jesus to go out and
aggressively share Him with others. If you are not already doing so,
I encourage you to commit your free time to Jesus to go out and
share the Gospel with others.
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