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A Truth is a Terrible Thing to Waste

28 Aug

I think Christians don’t practice evangelism as much as they should. Maybe it’s because we feel awkward telling other people how to live their lives. Maybe it’s because we believe people will come to salvation by God drawing them to Himself and not by some street preacher. Whatever the reason is, I’m convinced we’ve got it wrong.

Why does Jesus tell his disciples to be “fishers of men” as a last commandment before he leaves for heaven? Why does David say, “I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will turn to You” after he repents from his sin with Bathsheeba? Why does Psalm 73, the very middle of the bible and of the psalms and often regarded as the pinnacle of the bible, end with, “I will tell of all your deeds”?

I am by no means telling Christians what to do. I hardly ever evangelize and if I do, it’s usually a short one-minute conversation. I’m probably not the only one for whom this rings true. We’ve become so caught up with things in the church that we’ve forgotten the people who walk by the chapel window on Sunday mornings. They are looking for truth. We have the answer. But we keep it in our pockets.  That makes a lot of sense…

There Just May Be Another Fisherman

19 Jun

In my last two years of high-school, I decided to start speaking to my friends about God. Some of them were professing Christians, some were catholic, and some just didn’t care about theism, but that didn’t matter. It was pretty cool to see their reactions to my beliefs. I would bring my bible to classes and sometimes my friends would open it, start reading, close it and give it back to me with a grin. They didn’t know what to think, but I made sure that they knew what my faith was all about.

One of my friends in particular, one of my closest friends at the time, became mad every time I talked about God. She was born and raised in a catholic family, but she only went to church for Easter Sunday and Christmas and she didn’t know Jesus as her personal saviour. I remember one afternoon we were both waiting for Math class to start and I mentioned God in our conversation. She was so frustrated that she said, “Do you always have to talk about God?!” She wasn’t happy at all and I think our friendship was affected because of my faith.

I didn’t do much else to introduce the gospel to my friends. All I did was talk about my faith and even though that’s better than not talking about faith at all, I still think sometimes that I could have done a better job at evangelizing.

But God showed me something recently that I wasn’t aware of a couple years ago.

Have you ever watched the movie, A River Runs Through It ? It’s a great film directed by none other than Robert Redford about a reverend in Montana and their two sons who love to go fly fishing. The two sons eventually part ways to pursue their own careers and are reunited later in their lives. It’s a great movie and if you haven’t seen it yet and you love a good motion picture, I suggest you rent it today.

There’s this one scene where Norman, Paul and Rev. Maclean (their father) go fishing in their favorite river, Black Foot. Norman (played by Craig Sheffer) sits with his father (played by Tom Skerritt) and they both watch Paul (Brad Pitt) as he fly fishes. Paul spots a great place to cast his hook and it pays off. A huge fish bites and takes Paul down the river a few hundred meters until Paul finally catches the tired fish. Here’s the clip.

Jesus tells his disciples to that they will be “fishers of men”, and if you’re a Christian, then you are called to be a “fisher of men” as well. To be “fishers of men” means to go and tell the world about the gospel of Christ Jesus and actually fish for people to join the kingdom of heaven. We are like Paul, fishing in a river for men to follow God. Sometimes it takes a whole lot of perseverance and dedication before you finally catch a fish, but sometimes they actually get away.

When I left high-school, almost all of my friends weren’t Christian and that made me sad. I often wished that I could have done more to bring them to God and sometimes I even got mad that God didn’t allow them to be converted through my testimony. I know, it sounds really selfish and foolish of me, but it’s the truth. I didn’t realize that even though so many fish got away from my bait and my hook, there may be another fisherman down the river who just might catch one of my friends. I’m not the only fisherman out there and I have to now trust that God will provide the right fisherman for my friends. If it happens that my friends meet many Christian fishermen down the river and escape each one, then so be it. I did my part to spread the gospel in high-school and even though I wish I could have done a better job, I can’t be mad at myself or God because I have no idea if my friends will meet other fishermen. I may even see that girl who got mad at me while waiting for Math class for talking about God in heaven some day.

You’re not the only fisherman. If you’ve been telling friends  about God and they don’t want to hear it or if you’ve failed in the past to lead people to God, don’t beat yourself up. Continue to talk to people about God even if they hate you for it. God may use you to convert your friends or you may be used to first plant a seed in their hearts and another Christian will lead them to Christ, if it’s God’s will for them to be saved. All you could do is persevere and pray for them. Continue to cast your hook into the water and let God take care of the rest.

A Bagel and Cream Cheese for His Glory

14 Mar

Last week was my spring break, so I decided one day to head down to Steve’s Music Store to buy something for my guitar. On my way there, a homeless man came up to me and asked me if I could buy him lunch at Tim Horton’s, a bagel with cream cheese.

I wasn’t used to talking to homeless strangers, so I quickly, almost as a reflex, said, “No, I’m sorry.” I knew what I had done was wrong, so I promised myself that if I would come back that way to return home and find him still searching for food, I would buy him that bagel with cream cheese.

Twenty minutes later, on my way back, he was still there. I walked right up to him and surprised myself when I boldly said, “You! You want a bagel with cream cheese? Alright, let’s go.”

The waiting line was quite long, but I didn’t want to wait in silence. I asked him, “Who is Jesus?” His answer blew my mind: “The greatest man who ever lived.” We started talking about the bible and spiritual matters and he was telling me how he read the whole New Testament and from Genesis up to 2 Kings. Before leaving, I handed him a gospel tract, just to make sure that he understood salvation, and he promised to buy new reading glasses to read the tract.

This was my first encounter with a homeless beggar, and definitely not my last. God has opened my eyes to the needs of others, and we all need our eyes opened to this reality. This man wanted a simple bagel and cream cheese for his lunch, around $2 with tax. What did you eat for lunch today?

Jesus died for the poor as well and we need to spread the gospel of love to these people. They need Jesus, but just as the Ethiopian said (Acts 8:25-40), how can they understand salvation if no one explains it to them?

Win Win Win

22 Nov

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” Charles Spurgeon

I’m presently reading an amazing book written by a Christian evangelist named Mark Cahill. For those of yo who don’t know him, I strongly suggest that you check out the link to his website on the right side of the screen. This man has an amazing and almost incomparable passion for sharing the gospel that he does it with virtually every single person he meets.  Whenever he travels and stays in a hotel, he makes sure that the woman at the desk taking all the phone calls hears the wonderful message of Jesus. He attends gay parades and walks the midnight crime-and-lust filled streets regularly talking to the lost men and women whom most Christians overlook and ignore. Mark Cahill has ministered to a number of celebrities and athletes, including Tiger Woods and Denzel Washington.

His book that I’m reading, “One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven” is all about how Christians won’t get the chance to witness to non-believers in heaven. We must therefore take every chance we get here on earth and spread the good news quickly because time is running short.

The second chapter of the book talks about the results of Christians sharing their faith. This chapter really opened my eyes to a reality which I would like to share with yo right now.

There are ultimately three possible outcomes when we share our faith with someone:

  1. He understands the gospel and accepts Christ as his treasure and is saved,
  2. He understands the gospel but is not ready to make a decision, a seed is planted in his heart, or
  3. He completely rejects Christ.

The latter of the three is obviously the worst case scenario, but when you consider the other two outcomes, they do give quite a fair amount of glory to God, if the gospel is explained correctly. Therefore, God is glorified 66% of the time when we evangelize.

Luke 6:22-23 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in Heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”

Wait a second! Isn’t it a losing situation when unbelievers reject the gospel that you are trying to share with them? This verse says otherwise. In fact, whenever someone hates you for what you believe and for sharing your beliefs, you store up rewards in Heaven. Isn’t that so wonderful?

So what was a 66% win 33% loss becomes 100% win. In every outcome, whether they get saved, whether they leave you with a seed in their hearts or whether they reject you and your beliefs, it is always a win for Christ’s kingdom. Win, win, win!

So why are we so afraid to share our faith? Do we have an excuse? Not at all, in fact we have every reason to share our faith and if we don’t, we are selfish and we truly do not care for the lost.

So go out in the world of sin and preach the gospel with love and gentleness (Colossians 4:2-6) so that transgressors might turn to Christ in all his glory.

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