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Saturday, November 14th 2009

2:43 PM

When does it become too much?

As a child, I loved to spread God's word. I would tell all my friends about God and His son Jesus, and all about His plan for each of us. I knew enough about Satan to know that I didn't want anyone to fall into his trap.

I remember at one time, when I was about ten, we had a Japanese student staying with us. Hiromi was amazing, and like a big sister to me. I loved her and wanted her to know about God.

So one night, I stayed up for hours telling her about Jesus, and how I knew when I died, I was going to Heaven. I told her how Jesus loves us all and wants us all to go to Heaven to be with Him.

Now remember, I was ten at the time, so what I said probably wouldn’t sound exactly like that. But you get the point.

By the end of the night, she asked Jesus into her heart. She was seventeen, and I was ten. That was one of the best moments of my life.

Then a few years later, I brought our eleven year old Korean student to Christ. He was so excited, he talked non stop about it to his friends. I was so thrilled to know that I was able to bring him so much joy.

I continued to tell friends about Christ for years. Then I had one friend, who was rather stubborn, and didn't want to really listen. She said she went to church, so she knew about God and Jesus.

When I asked her "Did you ask them into your heart?" she said "No, but I used to go to church, and gave tithing and read the Bible."

That made me sad. So many people think that because they go to church, and read the Bible, they are a Christian.

I wanted to tell her more, show her how exciting, and amazing it is to be a Child Of God, but I didn't want to seem pushy.

I had already talked to her about Heaven and Hell, and she said she knew all about them. But I wanted to much so tell her more! But I didn't think I could do that without seeming pushy. And she didn't appear to want to discuss the topic anymore.

So that brings up a tough question. How can we minister to our friends, and tell them about Christ, without being preachy or pushy? Which might just end up driving them way.

It's hard, because many people find religion a very touchy subject. It was always hard for me to get to the point in the discussion, where we were both comfortable about what was being said.

It was always awkward at first. All this religion talk suddenly coming out of no where? I always worried people would think I was nuts for brining it up.

Thanks to God, they never did. And I know it was His will that they come to Him, otherwise they could have easily turned away and thought I was insane.

Just imagine, this seventeen year old, listening to a ten year old minister to them. Some people would think "Oh she's only ten. Why should I listen to her? She doesn't know what she's talking about!" then walk away.

I am so glad Hiromi and our other student listened to me though. Because they did, they now know about Gods undying love.

I also ministered to a young girl that my Mother used to baby-sit. She asked Christ into her heart as well. And my mom told her little brother about Christ. He too asked Him into his heart.

I was so proud that we had been able to minister to those two children. They grew up in a very non-Christian home, and it would have been very hard for them to find out about Christ on their own.

Honestly, I can't tell you how to minister without seeming pushy. What I can tell you is, don't bring the subject up over and over and over again if they don't want to hear it.

It will only make them not want to listen all that much more. If you drop the subject for the time being, God will work on softening their heart. Who knows, one day they may come to you for spiritual advice and want to learn more about Christ.

 Mark 16:15

And He said unto them, "Do into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation!" 

3 Comment(s).

Posted by Mom:

The most impressive way to minister to others, will always be through your own life. "they will know we are Christians by our love"...
The problem I've come across in life though, is that those most important to you often have already judged you and your life and don't truly see it for what it is. If they have judged wrongly, they simply won't listen, and that's when all you can do is give them over to God and pray.
With strangers that become more then strangers, I always hope they will see by my life, my marriage, and by all of you (my children), that I am a follower of Christ and will want what I have.
And that brings us to another point. That as Christians, we live our lives in a way that others would actually want what we have. Not 'things', but all that can not be 'bought', peace, love, and even joy. Boy, the last one is a hard one in the tough times!
Saturday, November 14th 2009 @ 4:53 PM

Posted by Christian:

AMEN, AMEN, Mom. Hope you don't mind me calling you that since I do not know any other name. We are the light of the world and you notice that lights do not make very much sound.
Augustine said, "Preach the gospel wherever you go, and if necessary use words." Most often when I have witnessed in any way it has been somebody asking me my thoughts. And it has mostly been adults and what they were most impressed with was that I even stood my ground. Just when you show that is makes a difference to you, that says something. I agree that you must be careful not to be pushy.

Chip
Monday, November 16th 2009 @ 6:54 PM

Posted by Yasutomo:

I know how you can become sensitive to being pushy when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. I think you've read my post, so you'd understand what I mean that especially in my country, Japan, it is so. People are more likely thinking "it is ok that you believe Christianity, but KEEP IT TO YOURSELF". But, I think it is leading of the Spirit that helps us to know when to share and not to. I know from my own experience. When I seek and pray to God to share with others, He opens the door. but, when I try to share without prayer, it does not work well.
Thank you for your blog. it is always encouraging to see brothers and sisters in Christ stepping out in faith and do His work!!
Monday, November 16th 2009 @ 7:38 PM

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