Overcoming Objections (Part 4)
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
When dealing with those that you have decided to witness to, about the Lord, handling objections will not only exude confidence but will give them answers to questions that may have held them back from salvation in Christ. The purpose of this devotional is not to make you an expert in dealing with questions, objections and special situations but to allow you to “and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I Peter 3:15b KJV.
There are five things to remember when dealing with objections. These five things will pretty much sum up most of the objections that you will encounter in witnessing.
People question what they don’t know
People fear what they don’t understand
People run from things that frighten them
People perceive things differently than others (No two people are alike)
When dealing with these objections don’t focus so much on the manner in which the person has presented the objection, look more into the question or the objection that they are inquiring.
IV. PEOPLE PERCEIVE THING DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS (NO TWO PEOPLE ARE ALIKE)
When dealing with people, in their own element, which is to say their familiar surroundings they will be very comfortable with who they are and what they are as a unique person. This is why door to door evangelism is very difficult for some people. Why? Because the person behind the door shows who they really are at that moment in time. Why should they change who they are for a complete stranger in their own home? However, knowing these differences does not automatically mean that our chances for success are dashed away because they have the ability to say NO.
Each person upon this earth have been created different, including you. No two people are clones of each other. Howbeit, you may have an identical look alike in this world, their personality will be different. Here is a quote from Oldham and Morris from their book entitled “The New Personality Self-Portrait”
“Your personality style is your organizing principle. It propels you on your life path. It represents the orderly arrangement of all your attributes, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms. It is the distinctive pattern of your psychological functioning—the way you think, feel, and behave—that makes you definitely you.”
This in short means that you aren’t a cookie cutter clone from another person that God created, neither are the billions of souls in the world. If we aren’t all the same type of person then why do we try to use the same approaches in the area of salvation? Adaptability and flexibility are the keys to reaching people with the gospel. We shouldn’t change the gospel message but the way we present it to different people. Diversity is revered as the spice of life. When one cooks a dish, they use different spices or ingredients to come together to achieve one goal of a delicious meal. The different flavors are completely opposite of each other but together in the meal they accent the flavor that is already there. It’s interesting that you can’t imagine food without condiments but the condiments by themselves aren’t very good.
The same can be said about our personalities and our personal beliefs when we present the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the main dish and our personalities are the condiments that add spice to what is already there. When we give the message of the gospel people will be drawn or repelled by our personalities or lack thereof. The manner in which we approach a person will also dictate how that encounter will end as well. Don’t alter your personality to match what you think a person wants! The only thing that we should alter is the order, tone, illustrations and scriptures that we use to achieve the end result. The end result is that person making a decision to accept or reject Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This week as you are in your own world and life, remember that there is a lost and dying world looking for something and they need a message of hope that only you can give them. Be a friend and share the gospel of Christ with them. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.