Last Monday’s newsletter, Comfortable or Not, sparked some neat feedback. If you would like to check it out again, here’s the link::
Here is one piece of feedback that came in from Steve:
I love your weekly posts. In response to today’s about the lady who analyzed your witnessing technique, I have watched you many times and don’t believe that you are ever uncomfortable! You are inspirational.
I remember the first time I heard you speak at a JR conference. You talked about previously thinking you had a 66 percent chance of success, (seeds planted, a person accepts the Lord, or you have a 33 percent chance of rejection), but then you came to the realization that you have a 100 percent chance of success because even in the rejection, you get your heavenly reward. But this perspective of whether the person accepts and ends up in Heaven or rejects and ends up in Hell, yet respects you for at least caring enough to share, reminds me of the avowed atheist Penn or Teller (whichever one actually talks) saying that even though he doesn’t believe, he has tremendous respect for those who share their faith and shames any believer who doesn’t. His example is that if you had the cure for cancer, you would share it with the world. Or, if a truck was coming down the road and someone was standing in the road, you would call out and warn and at a certain point, take action by running out and grabbing the person to move them to safety.
Keep on, Brother!
I let Steve know that I do get nervous when I witness, and he responded by adding this:
P.S. Not sure if I believe that you get nervous. From the moment I picked you up at the airport, you were witnessing to all around you, including the toll booth gal. I remember as we were driving toward the booth, you asked me “if we had people,” and I had no clue what you were talking about. Finally, you explained “toll-takers,” which at the time we did, and she got a book! All in a ten-second encounter!!! You are faithful, brother, and if there are nerves there, the Holy Spirit is totally empowering you cause it sure doesn’t show! I know we all fumble for the right words or answers, but the Lord is using you powerfully, my brother!
At times, I am amazed by what some people see and what others don’t see. I get nervous when I speak in front of groups. People have asked me, “How do you stay so calm and not seem nervous at all when you speak?!” It just makes me laugh because they don’t know that I didn’t sleep well the night before!
God is looking for believers to be faithful and obedient. He tells us in His Word to go out into the world and reach the lost. We need to faithfully step out and obey what He says.
Matthew 28:19, 20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
When Steve mentioned “toll booths” in his email above, at the time, we were talking about how I look for toll booths with a person inside collecting the tolls. I’m not looking for one of those toll stations where you can speed right past a sensor and it just deducts money from your account. Live encounters are much better.
I have had some amazing toll booth conversations over the years. One time I was speaking in Florida, where they have the SunPass system. It lets you zip right through toll booths and continue on your way. I said to the church that if they use a SunPass, they are passing right past someone who needs to hear the gospel.
Steve is a bold witness for Christ himself. I love this picture he sent me:
Yes, you’re reading this “prescription” label correctly. Steve owns a pharmacy and witnesses to his customers all the time. And he has purchased books to have on hand to give them.
If you own a business, are you using it to reach lost souls for Jesus? Or do you just want to make sure you don’t lose one single customer because the economy is a little iffy right now? Have faith. Trust the Lord. And reach those lost souls before they die.
Until the Nets are Full,
P.S. The Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington, D.C. recently. Another Steve, who is also faithful and a friend of the ministry, went to the festival to reach the lost. Are there any spring festivals going on in your town where you can spread the gospel? Remember to go where the people are gathering.