9/13/10 Ted, Paul, Sally, Ricardo all middle aged
After church yesterday I planned a 'fishing expedition" with Paul, an older church brother, so we met after work today to share the gospel with whomever we might come across. We had conversations with Ted, Paul and his girlfriend Sally, and Ricardo, and they all had some things in common - they all have heard the gospel clearly through various ministries of our church, and they all continue to trust in their own "good works" for salvation. I know Jesus said "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself" (John 12:32) and I trust that He will, but the means that God has ordained is the proclamation of this gospel through people like you and me, which we must be ready to do as many times as neccesary to help people overcome their obstacles to faith. For Ted and Sally, a big obstacle seems to be a lack of comprehension; for Paul it seems to be alcoholism; and for Ricardo it seems to be unbiblical religious traditions that he won't let go of. How many of us heard the Gospel from a variety of people before we came to faith in Jesus? Don't we owe more than one opportunity to others?