Friday, September 9, 2011

Proverbs 11:30-31

When I was a child and teen both my church and Kansas City Youth for Christ offered classes on how to win other people to Christ. As part of the classes we had to go out and go door to door knocking on the door and try to win souls. Guess how well it did? Terrible. For one I was nervous as can be. And those people weren't open to listening. They usually slammed the door in my face. No....this method did not work for me at all. It was actually very discouraging because I knew ultimately my job is to win souls to Christ..and I knew there is no way that it was going to happen this way!

Fast forward about 25 years. Several years ago a book/study called Becoming a Contagious Christian became very popular among churches. This study worked for me! It taught that the best way to win others to Christ is to let them see your life. Let them see how much better life is for you with Christ in it. Make them see by watching you that they need Christ. I can handle that much better.

Of course there is a flip side. There are always people watching and waiting for us to mess up. This is why we need to be so careful to try our best to live wisely. In other words...we need to practice what we preach. Will we mess up? Yes, but 'they' are watching to see how we handle that too.

God didn't call all of us to be Bible Thumpers. But He did say that we are to win souls.(vs 30)
 Take heart! You will be rewarded. And your enemies? Their punishment will be even greater than your reward. (vs 31)

~Tonya~

3 comments:

Belinda said...

"Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3

If you want to see how badly the ungodly are punished, read Jeremiah 25:20. It makes me shudder.

It is extremely important to live a life that sets an example to non-Christians. AS WE GO we are to make disciples. That doesn't mean door to door is not important, it just means in everything we do, everywhere we go, we are to represent our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we are to witness to the lost anytime we see the opportunity.

Children I have no problem with. Adults...hmmm. I am not bold as we are told to be. Much to my embarrassment and shame.

Mariliz said...

I became a Christian because I saw a few people ( now dear friends) and the light that was within them, their Happiness and Love and I was drawn to it.

Snoodles said...

I'm truly ashamed to admit that I don't speak a word for Christ as often as I should. I do try, though, since I talk with lots of people daily in my job, to find occasions to say that God has blessed us, or that our faith has been rewarded, and things like that. I try not to offend, but at the same time, let them know that our joy is from Him. More and more, people have come to know that we are Christians; they don't cuss on the phone with us, and one even asked me one time (after a particularly hard business set-back) "your faith helps you get through these things, doesn't it?" I hope I can do better in the future. I know I shall try.