How Can I Reach My City With The Gospel? (Part 3)
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Reaching people in today’s modern world seems like an enormous task. People today have more information at their fingertips, through technology, now more than ever. The people can communicate with their families that are hundreds and even thousands of miles away with the simple push of a button. They are reminded that human engineering and ingenuity has prevailed. The people take pride in the accomplishments of there own hands. However, there is one thing missing: Peace.
Humanity scurries around in human learning and reasoning much like a rabbit in the darkness. They think that they know what’s best but they know not that they are borrowing time from The Master. They avoid the Light of the Gospel message because of it’s conviction and condemnation. They reject the gospel just like babies reject sour milk. So, how do we reach people that are so fixed on rejecting what’s good for them? How Can I reach My City With The Gospel?
Today we see that our next devotional lesson teaches us a valuable lesson in sharing the gospel and reaching the city for The Lord Jesus Christ. There are a few things that you can do in this area of daily contact:
I. Making Face To Face Interactions
We miss the powerful connection of meeting people face to face. The reason why is because of fear. Most people think “I don’t want to invest time into this person because I don’t know them”. This isn’t right but that is the mindset of a troubled and unregenerated mind. The reason why face to face meetings are so powerful is because the other person has to look you in the face and explain their reason(s) for rejecting Jesus. In our age, most people would prefer to talk to a machine because they don’t want to look at people and explain to another person the issues that they have; this makes them feel vunerable and ashamed. However, those same people would rather talk to a real person on the phone. Why? Because they don’t have to see their faces but that person, on the other line, can hear them.
When we make face to face interactions, this makes people accountable; because now the God that they cannot see, is right at their door looking at them. Gospel tracts are a powerful tool for reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ but nothing beats a face to face encounter. Actually, there is nothing more rewarding to see hard hearted person fall under conviction when listening to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
II. Making Habits Of Helping Those In Need
I once heard a song that chorus was:
“How can we reach a world we never touch? How can we show then Christ, if we never show them love? Just to say we care, will never be enough. How can we reach a world we never touch?”
We can not expect the world just jump into our churches or our lives and say “Help us find Jesus, We need to be saved”. Those who ‘soul-win’ or go out and evangelize will tell you that it’s like trying to catch fish. You will spend hours doing and doing sometimes without any results. Then sometimes you will spend hours fighting what you see as a small fish that turns out to be the complete opposite.
We need to make a habit of seeing our neighbors and asking if there is something that they need help with in their homes. Also, there is nothing wrong with raking up their leaves or shoveling the snow from their sidewalks and driveways. This contact will open up the bowels of compassion and let that person know that you aren’t trying to take advantage of them but that you actually care. I personally have led dozens of souls to Jesus Christ and almost all of them accepted Christ because of: Conviction, Compassion, Compelling and Credibility. Doing kind things for others without the expectation of compensation or even thanks is a way to please God while giving The Holy Spirit a good deed to work in their hearts with.
III. Making Time To Spend With Them
Jesus was found in the houses of sinners and even eating dinner with them in order to gain their confidence in Him. However, just because He was in their houses, didn’t mean that He partook in their evil habits. I believe our Lord took time to talk to them and share the Word of God with them. I believe that He listened to their issues and even gave them practical advice.
Sometimes we can do a lot of good by meeting our neighbors and taking the time to build a rapport with them. I’m not saying go out today and ask to eat dinner with them but start out by maybe taking down your neighbor’s trash can or doing light yard work for them. I have found that when we make time to spend with our fellow neighbors, we will establish a vital connection that will open the door wide to them accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Having daily contact with your community will help you establish a vital connection to your neighbors. This connection will help your gospel message reach those with kindness, compassion and show interest in the things that are important to them. In tomorrow’s devotional we will complete the series on How Can I Reach My City With The Gospel. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.