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Monday, December 12, 2016

SCARED INTO HEAVEN?

 I was told if I didn’t tell everyone about Jesus, that person could go to hell. I walked around in fear—invading the privacy of anyone who would listen to me.
“If a house was burning down you would run in and save the person—you have to tell everyone about Jesus or they will burn in Hell.” A friend said to me.
We would knock on complete stranger’s doors to impart our wisdom to them if they let us. 
My nose still hurts from all the doors slammed in my face. 
My friend Karen and I looked for people to witness to one Halloween night. We were in Karen’s car as we approached a group of teens.
“Do you know Jesus?” we said.
“I do, but I don’t know you” One boy responded as he walked away with all but one teen.
“If you were to die tonight would you go to Heaven?” Karen asked the remaining girl.
Her eyes widened and her mouth let out a scream as she ran away.
We were so scared we drove off and hid in a parking lot for over an hour. We thought the cops were after us.
What were we thinking approaching teens on Halloween? 
That girl probably thought we were going to kill her.
I had to rethink my witnessing approach.
Jesus said, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16).  I did not want anyone to be condemned so I had to tell them. Right?
God's number one commandment and expounded upon by Jesus, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mathew 22:37-38). I was not loving God or others by being rude and obnoxious—I acted out of fear. I repented. 
I’ve since found a balance. I listen to the Spirit—He guides me to those who He wants me to speak to. He also impresses on my heart the word I need to speak.
People will not go to hell because of me—I just lose the joy and reward of being used by God to further His kingdom. 
Paul the Apostle stated,  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. (1Corinthians 3:3-9)
What joy, we are co-workers with Christ. He doesn't need us but we have the honor and privilege to be His servant and join Him in expanding the Kingdom. There is nothing scary about that.
Have you witnessed out of fear? Have you encountered someone who does? Join the conversation.

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