Week 27 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 7: 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
I used to be distressed by these words of Jesus. They signaled to me that in spite of my best efforts some people would just not receive the good news I was bringing to them. Poor me. After some time though, I began to mature in this life of faith, at least to some extent, and I realized a couple of things about this verse. First, some people were not ready to hear the good news. Others were too content with their circumstances to even consider the prospect of death, hell and eternity. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned over time was that whatever satisfaction I might gain by “carving another notch on my gospel gun” it was never me that saved anybody. It was never about me, it was about whether or not the Holy Spirit had begun to speak to the heart of the person to whom I may have been clumsily trying to communicate the “facts” about Jesus and failing miserably to communicate His amazing love.
We really need to get over ourselves when we come to this idea of evangelism. We also really need to come to grips with the knowledge that not everyone will be saved. Matthew 7:13–14: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The reward to the evangelistic heart is in the obedience to the call to go and make disciples. This is hard. It requires that we not only tell, but we must see to the training up of these children in the lord, whether by directly teaching and following up, or by delegating and building a network of mentors. Above all we must be patient allowing the holy Spirit to do his work in prevenient grace, that is the “grace of God which goes before”. The old time event evangelist truly believed that the Holy Spirit must be working in advance of anything that they did. If you read anything from Billy Sunday to Charles Finney you will understand there is a marked difference when the Spirit has gone before and opened the door.