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Could It Be That Simple?

9 January 2010 7 Comments

“Did that really just happen?”  That is the thought that has captured my mind the past several hours.  Today that plan was for us to go door-to-door to evangelize.  My lack of training in this area, coupled with high doubt that any good could possibly come from “Jesus salesmen”, served as a crippling appetizer for internal skepticism.  However, this is where I am called, so go I must.  We entered the first house – all 6 of us crammed in a mud hut with out translator Eric, and an unsuspecting woman named Rachel.  After quick introductions, Eric turned to Tim and asked him to share about Jesus.  Talk about being ready at any moment.  But without hesitation, Tim opened up to John 3:16 and spoke about the death and resurrection of Christ.

At the end, Eric asked Rachel if she wanted Jesus to come into her heart, and she said yes!  I was awestruck.  Could it really be that simple?

At the next house, I was all prepared to watch as someone else shared, but after sitting down Tim turned right to me and asked me to talk.  Evalyn and Mary had never been to church before or heard about Jesus.  Where do I possible start with someone who has never heard before?  How could I begin to make them understand the greatness of God and Christ’s incredible sacrifice on the cross?  How could I convey the amazing celebration that is the resurrection?  I was lost.  So, not knowing where else to begin, I started with creation.  I spoke about how God created a perfect world, and put us in it to have a relationship with him.  I spoke about how sin entered the world and how all of us have sinned.  I tried to outline the Gospel as best I could.  I told them how Jesus defeated the enemy on the Cross, and how his resurrection gave us all eternal life if we believe in him.  I shared with them from Romans 8 that nothing they could ever do could possibly separate them from the love of God.  I told them that God spent special time creating them, and that they were made for a purpose.  I was sure I was missing the major points and that I was doing terrible trying to talk about an incomprehensible God.  However, when I was finished, Eric told us that both Evalyn and Mary wanted to accept Jesus in their heart!  Can it be that simple?

At the end of the day, the Gospel is salvation.  It doesn’t matter how poorly it is preached, it is not my calling to save the people.  But Christ did mandate that we “preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).  Our job is to respond in obedience and to tell those who do not know about Jesus.  As we speak about God, we release it to Him, and place the results in God’s hands.  But we are called to speak.  Paul implores Timothy, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2). But really, is it that simple?

“How then can they call on the one why have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”  (Romans 10:14).

It does not matter if we have a perfect sermon prepared; regardless of our experience or knowledge, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for the harvest!”  (John 4:35).

Fields are ripe.

People are ready.

Hearts are open.

It’s just that simple.

7 Comments »

  • chris said:

    beautiful message Jenn.

    I forget the saving power of our Gospel sometimes. Thanks for the reminder.

    also,

    good thing “rachel” got saved.

  • Tirza said:

    HIS word will NEVER come back void!!!
    HIS promis, His words….just believe and you will SEE miracles.
    Love you much
    T & the Z gang

  • Lloyd and Renee said:

    Beautiful! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! His Word is a lamp unto our feet guiding us and showing us the way. He made the way clear to you in how to speak forth TRUTH and you opened your mouth and obeyed. All that you have learned and are learning, your faith, hope and trust in our risen Lord…came spilling out as obedience took hold and you stepped into the moment God had prepared “just for you” and “just for Evalyn and Mary”. Praising God and rejoicing with you all as you “go into the world and make disciples in every land.”
    Much love to you Jennifer and May God continue to bless you and the team. We miss you so much…

  • Chris Hadsell (DAD) said:

    It is truly awesome to share the gospil and what it has done in your life with someone and then be able to lead that person in the sinners prayer. Another jewel in your crown. Thanks for being used.

  • Janice McGraw said:

    So beautiful. you are such an obedient child of God. Keep listening to what He has to say. As you saw and said just open your mouth to speak and God will do the rest. You are truly a messenger sent by God.
    I love you sweet Jen . I am thankful the money has come in for you to finish the Master’s work. Our God is so wonderful !! Praise His name!
    Love
    Aunt Janice

  • Mom said:

    How exciting to lead two new sisters into the kingdom. Thanks for the reminder that it is not us who does the saving. It doesn’t matter if we “mess it up”, forget something that we think we should have said etc. That fear just keeps us from speaking out. We are just called to share the simple, powerful, message of the cross and his love for his us. He does the the wooing, the calling, the saving. I love the quote “Could it be that simple”. Thank you for blessing me with that reminder!

    I love my sweet girl and am so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter.

  • Christy said:

    This is such a powerful reminder. It really isn’t our job is it? We are just instruments for Him. His Words. His Actions. His awe inspiring Love. We just do as He ask of us.
    I too sometimes forget how very powerful the Gospel is. And I feel just like you said at the beginning. But the truth is…it is never about me and my feeling but what He is asking me to do!

    I love that you are learning so much….and in turn we are learning so much from you!

    Love you!

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