Proverbs 13 6-13-20

Sorry. Yard work came first. What do we say to a lost person about Christ?

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Robin and I have been watching a lot of “I Met Messiah” videos about Jews coming to faith in Jesus Christ, whom they call Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus). In many of their testimonies, a person walked up to them–out of the blue–and said, “Do you know Jesus?” They were usually highly offended, but the seed was there and the Spirit watered it and it took root.

In many other cases, a friend would ask them if they knew Jesus. Again, they were offended, even aggressive, but the patient sharing of Christ by mouth and by life won their hearts.

In our world where most people don’t know what a Messiah is, nor their need for one, we must begin a bit earlier in the story or in another place in the story. We must present the GOOD NEWS of Jesus and then the BAD NEWS of their plight. Sometimes it will be in one fell swoop, and other times it will be in stages, even statements. For instance,

  1. I have some good news for you; maybe you’ve heard it: God loves you and wants a personal relationship with you.
  2. Did you know that Jesus Christ died for your sins and offers you eternal life in Him?
  3. Since we aren’t born knowing God, we have chosen our own way in this world. The problem is that it’s controlled by the devil, so by default you have been following him.
  4. This separation between you and God is caused by sin, which means “to miss the mark.” This sin separates us from God and, if left untended, will end in eternal separation from Him. He doesn’t want that!  Would you like to hear how to be reunited with God?
  5. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live among us and to show us what righteousness looks like, to demonstrate what holiness is, and to teach us what true love means.
  6. Jesus fulfilled His plan of dealing with our sin by dying on the cross, thus paying for our sins. He then rose again, and now offers us eternal life through Him–on two conditions:
    1. We must give Him our lives, the very deed to our “house.”
    2. We must release everything in our lives to Him, the “keys” to every room in our house.
  7. The best news is that His salvation is not static, but contributes to our everyday life. Jesus comes to live in us to show us His Way and to empower us to break the holds that sin may still have in our lives. We have continuous fellowship with God through Jesus!
  8. He may be calling you right now. Is He?

These statements, or statements like them, present the Gospel in a non-threatening way. The main goal is to say the name Jesus and include some portion of the Gospel. We are seed-planters,

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.”
14 “The farmer sows the word.” Mark 4:3, 14

We plant the seed of the Gospel and then God makes it grow. Usually, it takes time and other people watering and weeding (but not always). Paul gave this illustration:

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose [spreading the Gospel], and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

Let’s pray for opportunities to plant seeds of the Gospel. Start looking!

Abba, please bring a great harvest as we invest in Your kingdom. Give us plenty of opportunities no matter the circumstances or even the consequences. The only thing that matters is getting the name of Jesus out there for people to hear and to respond to You. May we be Your ambassadors, O LORD. Amen.

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