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A Heart for People
You have a desire to see your Friends Relatives Associates and Neighbours (FRANs) come to Christ. Good! Very good!
Read the fast paced Gospel of Mark. You will see in the first chapter that after Jesus set the example for us by being immersed by John the Baptist the first thing he said was …
“The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
The next thing he said was to Peter and Andrew — two fishermen …
“Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Mark 1:17)
We can take from that that the first lesson in discipleship is all about reaching other people. That is why you care. The Holy Spirit indwells you as a believer and presses from the inside for you to reach others.
A Better Way to Care
Why is it then that so few people have had a prominent hand in leading people to Jesus at any time in their lifetime?
Give serious thought to that question. Could it be that Christians don’t care? I don’t think so. There are other factors.
Only a few come to Christ if they hear the message once. Most take some time and repeated exposure to the Gospel.
Many unbelievers see the witnessing of their Christian FRAN as an academic religious discussion. It is right up there with politics. It is hard to get anywhere with them.
It is common for believers give up. They hope that someone else will reach their friend. Some accept no responsibility because they know that only“Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Mark 1:17) Jesus can save through the power of the Holy Spirit. But they forget the sequence in what Paul said that is also true … “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15)
Sometimes churches fail to accept responsibility to resource and motivate the individuals. When they do, the individuals tend to avoid their own responsibility. However, it is the individual who stands before the Lord and answers for what was done on earth. The church leaders must answer for how they sought to motivate the individuals who are personally responsible. Their failure to evangelize may not be their fault in a sense but it is their responsibility.
I hope you are saying to yourself something like, “So what is the answer?”