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The Time Is Now!

Section 6, Chapter 5

When I Solve My Problems. . .

By Dale P. Kruse

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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?

John: 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.

DPK: 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: Sure!

DPK: 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?

John: Right!

DPK: 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 others.

John: I donít need an anvil dropped on my head to get the message.

DPK: 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: I agree.

DPK: 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 said:

Matthew 6:33 "But seek-continually first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."

Luke 6:38 "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 I call The Three Gís: Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 that all authority in heaven and earth are given to Him, therefore we are not to wait but to Go Therefore! 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 Get! answers to your needs in return. If you want answers to your problems and needs, Jesusí answer for you is to Go!, Give! 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?

John: Yes I would!

DPK: Then John, why donít you pray this pray out loud right now and as you do I will agree with you.

John: 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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