How To and How Not To

One of the hardest things about being here is wanting to help and not knowing how. If I leave someone in a state of starvation, how on earth am I representing Christ? If I fill someones belly, give their kids medicine, and pay for their kid’s school, and then share the gospel, why is it that they don’t accept Christ? It is a very complicated thing. It is almost impossible to reach someone with the gospel if they have ever met foreigners before because the previous foreigners spoiled them with gifts. You go to them and say, “I come to tell you about the Risen Lord and Savior,” and they look at you like “ok, yes, yes, we know about that, now give us our free stuff,” all the while never grasping that their filled out decisions card won’t get them to heaven and that they are still very lost.

Point being, it can be a very frustrating thing when all you want to do is tell someone about Jesus and all they can think about is the color of your skin and how much money you must have brought for them.

Because of this, I could not tell you how much I have enjoyed working in ministry in rural areas. These places have received the gospel from real missionaries who take the word of God and then don’t leave the people behind with a message of materialism. Because of this, you can go there and find churches, hungry for God’s Word, ready to receive Him and those in His name and also ready to send people out to reach those who don’t know Him.

11 Responses to How To and How Not To

  1. AL Luedecke says:

    Don’t get discouraged, Elizabeth. Remember if you get only one of the people to come to Christ, you have done a wonderful thing. It isn’t a game of numbers so much as an offering of salvation to a number of people with the hope that you get them to realize and understand how important it is to be saved.

    Keep up the good work.

    Al

  2. Frannie says:

    Let I Corrinthians 3:6 be your encouragement and comfort, Honey. You’re doing what God has called you to do, but the rest is up to Him. You have a beautiful heart, and He doesn’t want it to be discouraget!!!

  3. Frannie says:

    God bless you and happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. LM says:

    We will be thinking about you today as we gather for Thanksgiving. My most precious blessing is having you and knowing. It started a long time ago. God Bless you and my prayer is that He will keep His light shining on you.
    Love, Grammy

  5. Jan Masaoka says:

    I so appreciate your forthrightness and candor. It makes me wonder what Bill Gates could do to convert me to another religion. Whether he gave me a million dollars or $0, I suspect I wouldn’t listen.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Heavy duty stuff, Elizabeth. You are “growing up” spiritually at a very rapid rate. You are an “espistle” and many lost ones are reading you, day by day. I believe that God will put you in the exact spot where he wants you, and cause you to flourish there. Thank you for your honesty in observations. We all love and pray for you. Rebecca in Nevada.

  7. Aaron says:

    Hi Elizabeth…

    Along with the advice that has already been provided, continue asking God for help and guidance in this matter. I know that for years before I came to the Lord, different people whom God sent to reach me might have possibly felt either like their efforts were in vain as my reaction/responses weren’t always receptive or even polite.

    I do know how you feel. I’ve attempted to witness and share my testimony with a few people in my apartment complex and with only one exception, I felt as though and hand was being put up to my face or I was constantly hitting my head against a brick wall. The one exception was an experience completely led by the Lord and was a with a woman who was searching for answers. The Holy Spirit even gave me the answer to her question!

    Later on, the Lord revealed to me that I was going about it the wrong way, that I needed to do this in partnership with Him, not in my own flesh.

    As I was writing this, Galatians 6:9 came to mind. Please ask the Lord if this Scripture is for you to hear at this moment…

    http://bible.cc/galatians/6-9.htm

    Hang in there, your efforts are not in vain! 🙂

    Aaron

  8. Derrick LaCombe says:

    GOD bless you!

  9. Cousin Paula says:

    It was the same in Jesus day, Elizabeth. People came to Jesus because He gave them loaves and fishes and because He healed them. So take heart…Jesus knows exactly how it is. Glad to see you have found people just hungry for Jesus. May we be also! Love ya, cuz.

  10. Nora says:

    God Bless you Elizabeth and the work you are doing. Your cousin Paula was exactly right. If even Jesus and the Apostles couldn’t always get people to listen, nothing has changed. You just keep telling the word of Christ and planting the seeds. Some seeds flourish and some don’t The more you plant the more that will flourish. As long as you walk with God, ask his help and teach his word, then you are fulfilling what the Bible tells us we should be doing. Don’t get discouraged…you never know what’s around the next corner or down the road the next mile unless you keep going. Take care

    • Nora says:

      We heard a wonderful sermon today that brought you to mind. It was from Mark ch 10. To paraphrse…the young man came to Jesus wanting to make sure how to get to Heaven. Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and riches and take up the cross and follow Him. The young man went away sad. My thought was for your situation. If Jesus couldn’t get young man to give up materialistic things to follow him, then there will be many times that you can’t either. Jesus did not get discouraged, He kept teaching about God. One of the other points our Pastor made was if you give up everything and allow Jesus to “own” you and you belong to him, then he can save you. No one can save anything or anyone if they don’t own them, so Jesus can’t save you unless you belong to him.

      Keep the faith and belief in God. He will see to your needs. God Bless you for the work you are doing.

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