Do you think that it’s possible for us to get in Gods way? You might think that this is a strange question to ask when you consider the fact that nothing is impossible for God as well as the fact that He is mighty and powerful and can do literally anything that He wants to do.
I ask this in relation to our witnessing for Christ as we have been clearly commanded us to do in scripture. “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” Mark 16: 15.
As a young evangelist, I learned to remember that it’s not our job to save anybody. But rather that we should be obedient with regards to the sharing of the gospel, or through letting people know about how Jesus changed our lives for the better.
In my recent studies on personal evangelism I heard it said that if we get someone to convert to Christ, that person will not be truly saved. In other words, it would mean that the individual would be making a head decision and not a heart decision. From scripture we know this to be true because Jesus made the following statement.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” John 6: 44 NIV
“The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come” John 6: 44 The Message
It is evident then, that we as believers don’t in any way do any of the drawing. But rather, we should act as faithful witnesses sharing the good news or our testimonies of salvation allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work. After all, He is the one that does the convincing and convicting of the heart.
Key Point: The Holy Spirit is the one that does the convincing and convicting of the heart
From my own experience over the years, I have come to believe that it if we are not careful, it is even possible for us to become a hindrance and allow ourselves to get in Gods way.
So then, how do we ensure that we don’t get in the way when we share the most important news that people need to know?
The simple answer is to get to God’s word and allow it to speak to people’s hearts. When people hear scripture miracles happen, hardened unbelievers become believers; people who are lost find hope. Through that they inherit the wonderful gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus and their lives are changed forever. Our part in this is that we need to be faithful carriers of God’s word.
Recently a friend of mine told me that while he was in the city one day he came across a man who was witnessing on the street. As the man spoke, he used a microphone and a large loudspeaker. His whole message was one of condemnation covering death, hell and eternal damnation. As he shared his message, a man passed by in front of him. As this happened. the so-called preacher pointed at him and said sarcastically, “Sir, you should be afraid, very afraid”. It was not surprising to learn that no one stayed there to listen.
This is an extreme example of getting in the way. But we can in effect do something similar when we don’t use Gods word as we speak to people regarding the saving work of Jesus.
The reason why this is so important is laid out for us in the scriptures. There is no doubting it, we can do all the talking and explaining that we like. We can also tell people about our salvation stories. Without scripture, there will be no conviction or true acceptance Christs of work which leads to salvation.
I really do like the way that the message Bible explains the scripture below in the two examples below.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” Romans 10: 17 NIV
“The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to” Romans 10: 17 The Message
From this, we can understand that unless the word of God is shared or spoken, our hearers will not come to truly believe. In fact, the writer to the Hebrews described the supernatural power of the Word of God saying: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Hebrews 4:12
Wonderful people stepped out in faith and told me about Jesus and his sacrificial death at Calvary. They were very loving and caring like Jesus, as well as being demonstrative and giving in my time of need. Their actions naturally led to me being more willing to listen to what they had to say. However, I was not truly convinced, challenged or convicted until I heard the word of God in scripture. It was only then, that my heart was open to the reality of the gospel and the truth of God’s word.
It’s very good to reflect on what we say and do when we communicate the good news. Also we must be mindful that the priority is to get to God’s word and allow the Holy Spirit speak to the heart of the listener so that their eyes are opened to Jesus.
Have you been getting in the way?