A missionary is someone who is on a mission. For Christians, that’s where we live, 24/7.
- If you have the gift of evangelist, you have the supernatural ability to share your faith, your God stories with anyone, at any time.
- If you are one of the 90% of Christians who don’t have that gift, then you have the role of being a witness.
- Your target audience is mostly those in your social network.
As a witness, you have a primary place to tell your God stories. Remember when Jesus said, “Pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He would send workers into His harvest fields”?
- Notice, Jesus’ teaching is not about going where the crop is green—not ready.
- We are called into the harvest: those people who are “ripe”—ready!
- So, you aren’t called to witness to people who are not receptive, not “ripe”. Your calling is to go where the crop is ready.
The challenge is that the crop that is not ripe today, could very well be ripe tomorrow or the next day. In addition, that crop could be rotten by next week. Sometimes the window of opportunity is quite small.
- This is what Jesus is teaching us.
- Look to the harvest fields and keep a close watch. People change, every day!
- Don’t try to harvest crops that aren’t ready.
So where is your harvest field ripe?
- Normally, not among strangers, where you don’t have a relationship.
- Although, God could put someone in your path occasionally. Don’t ever rule God out!
- I came upon a terrible accident the other day. A semitruck had pulled out to cross a paved road, out in the country. A car hit the truck broadside, between the wheels of the semi. It was stuck with the roof caved in, crushed by the underbelly of the truck.
- The driver was, miraculously, not hurt. I didn’t know him. I didn’t know his name. I didn’t know if he was at fault for the accident.
- However, this accident just happened a few minutes earlier. I didn’t know this guy, but there was a good possibility that, if he wasn’t already a Christian, he was momentarily “ripe”!
- In tomorrow’s blog, I’ll share some of the other conditions and occurrences that indicate when most people are receptive.
- Good “workers” in the harvest, know all the signs when a person is ripe—receptive to hear your God story.
If you would like to know more, you can also subscribe to my podcast on Apple Podcast and Google Play. We will expand on this theme further in our series beginning on March 6, 2018.
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