In our eagerness to make converts …

“In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the brae. If they will but accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families and keep them happy all day long.

They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them. The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises.

He would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways. All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that fact from them.”

– A.W. Tozer

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11 thoughts on “In our eagerness to make converts …

  1. I once watched a sermon based on this subject as well. Kirk Cameron illustrated it this way: Your on an airplane and the steward gives you a parachute saying that it will give you peace, comfort and joy. Excitedly you put on the parachute eager for the results only to find that it is extremely uncomfortable. Madly you take the parachute off because it didn’t do what was promised. This is a metaphor.The parachute is God/Jesus and the steward represents people whitnessing. Instead of putting God on for comfort, you should be putting Him on to save your life. Anywho, this post just reminded me of that sermon I once heard. Amen! ~Anne

    • Ooh, I remember seeing the Way of the Master sermons/episodes with the parachute metaphor.
      And there were other metaphors just as good which they used in their other episodes/sermons.
      It’s similar to using a parable or even the same like Jesus did when He taught truth to people, which makes sense since they’re trying to follow the way of the Master Jesus, which can and should include similar if not the same ways of teaching the truth; it was effective for Jesus and it’s effective for us His children and His servants in His Kingdom. Glad it reminded you of something related to this important subject 🙂

  2. Very wise words. Eye opening. I was always trying to convince my husband. Trying to persuade him to see things from my perspective, you know the RIGHT way. (Ha) Yet I often have seen him shut down and then I become emotional about him and all the others who don’t see. Well let’s just say that any power I has to convince him flew away at that moment for sure.

    This made me give up. Stop saying much. Your post is powerful. Speak the words of the Lord. We tend to make it harder than it should be.

    A few years ago a friend of mine was asking some questions. Questions that bring about controversy between if you were raised like this or that or, you are christian or muslim or budist or whatever you want to call yourself. I just looked at her and grabbed her bible and said, “Well, it really all comes down to this….you either believe the words in this book or you do not. It is really as simple as that. If you believe it to be the true and the living word of God then believe it. If you don’t believe something in it then YOU have to decide what you do believe.”

    I did feel like that made a more powerful point than we trying to explain many things that I could easily communicate wrong. My friend is a christian and she is reading the word all the time now. I got so that when she would ask me something like ‘what do you think about this or that ‘, I would try to remember to respond with, “what dies the word of God say concerning it?”

    I need to do less trying to convince and more of letting the power of God from His very word do the work. After all what is the word of God?

    Ephesians 6:17
    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (pay attention sword of the Spirit….what is it? It is the word of God) (hallelujah! )

    2 Thessalonians 2:8
    And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: (paying attention to the ‘spirit of His mouth’)

    Hebrews 4:12
    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    HALLELUJAH AND PRAISE THE LORD GOD! His word IS powerful and we need only to use it, but first we must know Him and know His word and speak it in spirit and in truth and in love. They will either receive it or they won’t. Maybe though it will penetrate into their hearts even if we don’t see it right away. Maybe it will simply be likened to giving a new seed a little water. Maybe we water it every time we go by. Not dumping all the water it will need for growth all at once and causing it to be flooded with too much and not receive any more and then die. Maybe it will grow more slowly than we would like and so it needs a little water today. Enough that it can absorb it and then next time you give it a little more water until one day you just MIGHT by the grace of God see it growing into something beautiful and strong! Hallelujah! Praise the name of Jesus Christ! I can tell you this. I WAS A SLOW growing creation in the eyes of some. God didn’t use many people that I knew to water me, nope, he used MANY different types of people and at many different seasons in my life, who would each one water me with just enough that I could absorb and would cause me to grow a little, and maybe the growing was only within and not visible to the eyes of anyone except for the Father who perfectly made me and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    The beauty of it is that He is the Potter and we are the clay. Only He knows what we each need and when. When the seed has sprouted up from possibly many different people watering him or her, then they might begin, because of the working of the Holy Spirit, begin to hunger for more. Begin to seek reading the word for themselves and then God will feed them all the more.

    I love this verse.

    Ephesians 5:25-27
    Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

    That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

    That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

    (I love verses 27 and 27. Notice in 26 it says ‘with the WASHING of WATER BY THE WORD’! What? The Lord might sanctify and clense us with it. Why? Verse 27 says do that He might present to Himself a glorious church, not having spot nor wrinkle, or any such thing; but that we should be holy and without blemish.

    I need to continue washing up myself today WITH THE WASHING of WATER BY THE WORD!

    Thank you for sharing this morning! Praise the Lord God Almighty! Lift up holy hands to praise the name of the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!

    • Thank you for your lengthy comment and the quoted Scriptures and your comments upon quoted Scriptures.
      Trying to convince someone to see things our way, to accept our views, to embrace our perspective, it frankly rarely works, because, well, everyone else has opinions, views, perspectives and they could consider those just as valid as yours and see your attempts at trying to convince them as annoying or boring.
      What each Christian could do instead of trying to convince someone to change is stick to the truth; don’t try convince them of your views, try to convince them of biblical truth, what God’s Word says about this or that, and say that to whom you’re speaking that you’re not trying to convince them of your personal views and perspectives but that you’re sharing with them the truth of God’s Word and you hope that they will consider it, think about it.
      But even before you’ve done that, there must be prayer as preparation, not necessarily long but sincere and fueled by faith.
      Relying on the Holy Spirit to do what we cannot in or for the other person is important.
      Our power over others is small and our best intentions may produce no results in another’s life; even our adherence to truth isn’t enough because we can never do what only the Spirit can in and for another person.
      Our task is to love people, proclaim the biblical truth, fix our eyes on Jesus, live by being led by the Holy Spirit, and pray that He will do in unbelievers’ souls and lives what we can’t and what the unbelievers can’t.

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