A phone call came in the other day that was interesting. The brother on the line was inquiring after a phone number. After the conclusion of that matter the discussion turned to street preaching. While I have preached on the street on a few occasions, I was never really comfortable with it. Lot's of reactions. Some were cordial. Some were combative, even physically threatening. Some Christians were supportive and some were critical. The numerous times that I just went handing out tracts, the experience was much different. When I have offered tracts, they either take them or reject them. All very politely. I've never had anyone upset with me for offering, as long as I didn't mention that they were going to Hell. Some may say that we need to tell them even if they don't want to hear it. I disagree. I have had the privilege of leading people to Christ and they all were prepared before I arrived on the scene. The Holy Spirit preceded my witness and the ground was fertile. Easy does it works quite well. Getting in the way of God's preparation doesn't seem to work for me. Having said that, I do believe that we won't see fruit unless we actually go out to the harvest. I can't harvest while sitting on the porch.
Have you ever had a kid or grandkid who just seemed to take everything you did for them for granted? I have noticed that our grand children have a great time before and after church in the auditorium running around seeing their friends. I can barely get their attention, much less a hug. It doesn't seem to be that way when they spend personal time with us away from the distractions of friends, games, or play. They will even talk to us on a personal level, about school, difficulty with peers, sports activities, and spiritual topics. So, the closer we are, the more we fellowship. I have also observed that when they have more distractions that are created by the world outside church, the more they focus on the distractions. Hmmmm. Sound familiar? Have you ever considered that maybe a lack of fellowship with the Lord is due to unconfessed and unrepentant
sin ? If you have considered witnessing to others or handing out tracts but have not been consistent, it's likely your fellowship suffers from the same inconsistency.
Isn't it time to get back to Him? Isn't He worth it? I have had to turn off the television, radio in the car (including talk shows), music (except some select Christian music) and just be quiet. The Lord doesn't fellowship with me when I am distracted by the world around me. He wants my attention. He's also giving out some grace with my work, family and ministry work in the nursing home. Good benefits of fellowship, but I am looking forward to my turn at the Judgement Seat of Christ. That's where my eternal rewards will be given.
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