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May 23, 2015

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How Evangelism Means Minding Our Own Business

by Dave Malnes

In the business of sharing God’s Word with others, it’s helpful to remember that we Christians need to mind our own business.

Christians often make the mistake of taking ownership or responsibility for the success of converting lost souls. When a person rejects the gospel, perhaps we think that it’s our fault. When a person receives the gospel message and comes to faith in the real Christ, perhaps we take too much credit. The pressure we place on ourselves for success and failure can often cause us to not say anything at all.

fly_fishing_trout_2God has commissioned all believers to go, teach, baptize, and proclaim to the world what Christ has already done for us. That is our responsibility. That is our privilege. That is our joyful business — delivering the message of salvation and being God’s ambassador to the world.

Our business is to deliver the message. God’s business is to work a miracle of faith.

This means trusting God that He will do his work – according to His purpose, His timing, and His divine will.

In the business of sharing God’s Word, Christians tend to focus on the end result rather than the process. Instead of planting seeds of hope, we tend to plant seeds of discouragement when we do not see the end result of a lost soul coming to faith as a result of our prayers and efforts. When God doesn’t meet our timetable, we have trouble processing the disappointment.

Reading-a-book-001When I travel and make presentations, Christians will ask me, “How many Mormons have come to faith from the Utah campaign?” (Please visit Truth in Love Ministry – www.tilm.org – to learn more) Or, they will ask, “How many Mormon missionaries have come to faith since Please Open the Door started last fall?” (Please visit Please Open the Door – www.pleaseopenthedoor.com – for more information about this initiative.)

These are good questions. Sometimes Christians will use the fruits of conversions to judge the success of a program, church, or ministry. But that is not a reliable barometer. Sometimes Christians are hungry for success. The best barometer to judge ministry is by faithfulness. This includes a strict adherence to God’s Word to guide our methodology and to accurately proclaim the gospel message.

Questions about conversions is like asking a missionary, “How many earthquakes have you caused this year in California?” or “How many people did you rise from the dead?”

None.

I can’t control earthquakes, nor can I resuscitate people to life. Only God can.

dd30a85bc11c102c5968012e76b64936In the meantime, I can give messages of warning on how to respond to earthquakes. I can also give messages of God’s Word and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to bring the spiritually dead to life. These are activities I can control.

A Christian cannot win lost souls. That is God’s business. What we can win is their attention – by treating them with love and respect. Once this bridge is crossed, we are granted opportunities to present the true teachings of God’s Word to listening ears. That is something we can control.

That is minding our own business that God calls us to do.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jenny
    May 26 2015

    I’m so happy I was lead to this blog. I don’t know any Mormons but I know plenty of church people that have strayed from the truths of scripture to the point of blind unbelief. 😦

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    • May 26 2015

      Thank you very much for your comment Jenny. That is also a concern of mine. I am running across too many Christians — and even some ministers/pastor — who don’t have a firm understanding of the Bible. I hope this blog could help people by pointing to the many wonderful promises God gives us through His Word.

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  2. Jenny
    May 27 2015

    Yes, church leaders in both my and my husbands family. Same denomination. Regular church attendance, education and music involvement. No bible reading at home as far as I can tell but devotionals yes. Admit they’re sinners and need a Savior. Still, ignoring scripture without realizing it somehow. Confusing and hard to put finger on it.

    Self justification, work righteousness (but say that’s wrong), pointing out sins in others (not to help but to hurt or build egos), or looking at any difference as a sin (well-they’re greedy, they’re lazy, they complain etc. but when I do it I’m a go-getter, I’m patient, I’m a problem solver etc.) completely justifying their own blatant sins or not admitting them, and then portraying things in others as despicable when they’re just a cultural difference? Not fighting against sin in the home and chasing worldly comforts yet thinking it’s a loving Christ centered home because they attend church? (We can’t keep the commandments perfectly, Jesus did it for us so don’t need to try??) Maybe too hight a cost to follow Jesus because of the conflicts?

    I decided to go beyond the catechism and figure out exactly what my church teaches and if I believe it or not. This took years. I felt like otherwise my whole faith life could be a lie and a sham and I wanted to “get it”. Now, I’m worried that not everyone around me is a genuine believer, or at least as you said don’t understand the bible, and I’m the one that gets treated like I’m outside the faith somehow or like I’m listening to false teachers. Sorry I’m rambling but like I said it’s confusing…

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    • May 27 2015

      Really good comments. I think many sincere, well-meaning Christians earnestly attempt to bring reality to their faith — but perhaps in the wrong areas. Some will focus on the exteriors (color of carpet, routine, etc.) rather than the interiors (trusting God’s promises by being in His Word). Alas, I am guilty as the next person when my lack of fruit reveals I am not connected to the Vine. But, God does sets us apart with is arms of forgiveness — and allows us to be a light in a room that He has set aside specifically for us. Keep remaining in Christ and His Word — and ask God for patience with Christians who struggle to define the reality of what it means to have Christ live in us.

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  3. Jenny
    May 27 2015

    Thank you for your comments and encouragement.

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