And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, Ephesians 4:11
I don’t know about you, but I often hear about how us Christians should be sharing the Gospel with the people around us. I don’t disagree, but what if God doesn’t intend for us to always be sharing the gospel plan of salvation with words.
Please wait before you bend over for that stone.
When Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Corinth many were more concerned with following those that had taught them instead of with following Jesus.
5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Notice. God gave the growth. It wasn’t Paul’s beautiful gospel presentation. It wasn’t because Apollo’s followed the Roman’s Road plan of salvation. It was because God did it. And this is important. I fear that sometimes we are so eager to share the gospel, or so guilty because we’re pressured to share the gospel, that we neglect to wait on God’s timing. Especially with those in our intimate circles of family or friends or even co-workers. We’ve got to “get them saved” Then we’re in danger of making it a measure of our work. But remember, we don’t give the growth, God does.We don't give the growth, God does. Click To Tweet
If the Lord’s timing isn’t right. It doesn’t matter how many times we share. It doesn’t matter how hard we pound. It doesn’t matter how many Bibles we slam down on the table (yep, btdt), the hearer’s heart will be hard, and the message will fall on deaf ears. I fear this damages the witness of Christ as much as anything our humanity does to damage our testimony. Yes, I believe sometimes we need to share the Gospel with the person next to us on that airplane. But not out of guilt.
Waiting on the Lord seems wise.
This doesn’t mean we aren’t obligated to share when the Holy Spirit prompts us. We definitely should! In fact, if we wait on His perfect timing, the hearer might be more incline to accept the call of faith.
And God can be glorified!
Linking up with the Five Minute Friday gang. This week’s prompt: ACCEPT.