Snapshots: Day 51
The Snapshot: “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?” (Ex 6:12) So I shared with my friend and they rejected my words. Why would my neighbour, my boss, my teacher, listen to me? I suspect I have shared with people who are just not ready, but the Gospel is never wasted; they have heard. Perhaps if I pray and listen to the Lord to see who he puts on my heart or what he puts on my heart to say, it might be different. Moses had to speak to Pharaoh and be rebuffed at least ten times. Hmmmm! Lord, make me a light – somehow! – and give me opportunities and grace to persevere to glorify you.
Further Consideration: As I talk and listen to friends, I am left feeling that most of us feel quite inadequate ‘witnessing’ to others. In the UK at least, we live in a land where ‘religion’ has been marginalized but that doesn’t mean that God is inactive in reaching out and drawing those He saw from the foundation of the world who would respond. Our culture appears hardened to the Gospel and yet the truths of the Gospel still provide the only answer for the problems and perils of mankind. Still the consequences of living contrary to God’s design are increasingly obvious and even the world itself is beginning to see these things, whether it is to do with lives of many sexual partners, cohabitation, infidelity, use of pornography, over-drinking, or excessive social media use, it is still the same: we need the Gospel, we need to call people’s attention to an alternative way, the way of God.
But then Peter comes to our aid: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Pet 3:15) Our starting point is seeking to be a blessing to the world around us so that just perhaps someone with a hungry heart is going to say, “Why are you like that? I want what you’ve got.” It is then, hopefully with grace and humility we share our testimony. It is a good practice to sit down and think out what you could say in such a situation, a testimony that you could share in say two or three minutes. If they want more, they will ask for it.
If you really want to step out of the boat and walk on water, watch for the times when people open up their hearts and share their worries. There are two levels of approach. First is to say, “Would you mind if I go away and pray about that for you?” and the second is, “Would you mind if I prayed for you right now?” Very, very rarely is it that people will say no. People may not be open to church and religion, but they invariably are open to prayer.
Many of us have ‘faltering lips’ but we must remember that the Lord is with us, just like Moses. Watch this space!