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By Zach Wood
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
We see these signs many places, “Now Hiring”. We see them in the paper, on bulletin boards, on job listing websites, and many other places. Businesses are looking for people to fill job vacancies. However, most places are not looking for just any person to come and fill the spot. Businesses go through interviews and find people who have the job skills, attitude, and commitment essential to get the work done.
These places do not want to hire people who will come and do just enough work to get the paycheck. They want committed people who have a positive attitude and will do their best to get the job done.
Jesus Christ is very strong in His job announcement for those who have given their lives to Him. He commands us to go out and work the harvest field. There are so many lost people who are dying with the love of Christ and need Him so desperately. He has called you and I, the workers, to go out and spread the Gospel so that they may hear the Good News.
He desires to have workers who are committed, loyal, devoted, determined and dedicated to seeing lives changed for the Kingdom. There are lost sheep out there in this world who are wandering helplessly and hopelessly for something to fill the void in their lives. The question is, "What am I doing about that?" Each of us must ask ourselves that question everyday and look for opportunities to just simply be kind and courteous to others.
One thing I would highly encourage you to do is to not bombard people with in-your-face evangelism. Yes, some of us are bolder than others and have the personality to just be blunt and direct with people. But, for the most part, many of us are just not that way and cannot imagine approaching someone that way. Especially "lost sheep" that need Him. Jesus Christ built relationships with people and shared with them in the process. I truly believe this is how we build successful evangelism opportunities. It just comes in natural conversations with others. But there are also times when we hear things and we may choose to resopnd and give our input. In these times, people may be more open to our input and knowledge of God and our relationship with Him.
Please understand, I am not in any way trying to tell any of you how to do evangelism, but simply encouraging to go about it in a non-forceful way. There are so many people today turned off to Christianity and the last thing they probably need is someone to get in their face. Build the relationships and then share with people. Building the relationships is a sure way to get a foot in with sharing with someone who is lost.
"Now Hiring" Are you up for the job?
Food for thought, thanks. I don't evangelize much as I've generally had a bigger heart on discipleship but I do hope to see more of it in my future...there are those that are ripe and hungry for it...and we can all, as Jesus said, pray about it.
People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord looks upon the heart - Proverbs
Very good food for thought!! It goes back to the concept of "grow where you are planted" and looking at the various aspects of our lives as different mission fields. What kind of a witness are we in our daily lives at our workplaces, in our homes, in our churches, or on the road while we drive in rush hour traffic? We can be salt and light in our everyday lives just by living in a way that is pleasing to Him. People are watching us and listening to our conversations, and we have no way of knowing what impact we may be having on someone just through the little things we do and say. Building relationships is a very big part. Let them see Jesus in us and then maybe they will want to see Him in themselves.....
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