Many times while you are witnessing to others regarding your faith, you may be met with frustration. I am learning how to discover when witnessing will be respected, received and welcomed versus those who will not hear.
When Jesus’ activities were questioned to His Disciples, Jesus had to step in and make it very clear:
“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matt 9:11-13 (KJV)
I would like to share, with you, my experience during the last time I was incarcerated. Now, I am fully aware of the “Great Commission”:
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (KJV)
There would be no “Go ye therefore…” in my case. I was told, specifically, for the next three years to stay on my bunk and He would bring those who He wanted to reach. So, for those three years, I pretty much stayed in my cubicle praying, studying, reading and witnessing. There were times when I took it upon myself to “go” and what I found was interesting. The times when I felt compelled to seek someone outside my cubicle, I was met with disappointment and rejection. However, there was not one time when someone came to my cube to ask a question, did they walk away without hearing. Now, whatever they might have done afterward, well, that would be between God and them, but at least they heard the message. I had some of the best years of sharing and learning by being obedient. Out of the several hundred I would personally be exposed, God knew who He wanted to reach during the time I was there, and they did come.
Today utilizing this medium of Facebook, there have been many who will not understand or accept what we have to tell them for these last days. So many are convinced, and believe, what they have is truth and it may be, but they are not prepared to hear “present truth” for these last days and there is nothing you can say to convince them. When this happens, I remember the words of Christ, “I’m not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Many will not see their need to repent for not keeping God’s Ten Commandments which include the Sabbath. Many will not see their need to change their diet and eat the way God has proscribed. Many will not want to understand the Spirit of Prophecy. Therefore, they will not be the recipient of the greater truth having trusted in their having only come but so far and no more lifestyle, and sadly what they have will not carry them over the threshold of the Kingdom.
But, we don’t give up and allow frustration to keep us from our task because there is someone who will hear, who wants to know and will listen. There will be that someone, as I heard many times while behind the high walls and fences of prison, “Thank you for being here. I don’t know what you might have done wrong, but God sent you here, for me!”
November 16, 2015