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“It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.”  Proverbs 19:2

I was in the bank one day when a woman walked up to the teller next to where I was standing and said in one of the loudest voices I’ve ever heard, “ARE YOU SAVED?!!  I MEAN, ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?!”  The poor teller didn’t know what to think.  Startled, she must have said, “no,” because the woman then shouted, “WHY NOT… DO YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL?”  I’ve remembered that day a long time because even as a believer I was a little embarrassed.  I’ve dubbed that experience the “12-Gage shotgun approach to evangelism!”  Frankly, I think it probably did more harm than good.  I’m not saying that we should not be bold when the opportunity arises, or that we should not search out opportunities to share our faith, but I honestly do not believe Jesus wants us to steam-roller people or try to embarrass them into heaven!  Instead, look for opportunities to serve people and to genuinely befriend people.  Give when you have the opportunity and the means and love your fellow man deeply.  Be the shoulder people seek out to cry on when they’re hurting and the ears they look for when they need to talk.  Your opportunities to witness for your Lord will abound, and unlike the well-meaning but overzealous sister in my example, I believe you’ll find your witness is effective as well.

“You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.”  1 Thessalonians 2:10

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er


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