A friend told me this true story. In terms of his Christian faith, he himself is not of a charismatic persuasion, but four individuals working with him are. These four individuals, ‘all of a sudden’ started ‘hammering’ this one fellow within this person’s group with the gospel. Books, notes, messages, tracts, and ‘unceasing spoken words’ were delivered to this man for a three week period, at the rate of about 3 times a day. It was entirely unsolicited.
All the while, the non-charismatic friend decided to take the course of wisdom and not say anything. Something inside of him was telling him to ‘keep quiet’ on this one. So he did. The non-Christian man did not know why he was being ‘targeted’ by these four charismatic Christians, either, and so complained to his manager. The manager told this man that there were rules against such things, and, because of this, the ‘assault’ came to an end. There was nothing more these four individuals could do — anything else and they risked losing their jobs.
A few days after the ceasing, the man who was ‘bombarded’ called one of the four individuals up on the telephone. He said, ‘You know those books that you gave me? I read one of them and I have become a Christian! Thank you! I am thrilled over my new faith in Christ and very excited!’ Both men were ecstatic. Not many days later, the man who had just become a Christian, died unexpectely in a car accident.
Now this is a true story.
At the start, you may have developed the attitude, ‘those charismatic Christians should not have bombarded that man the way they did. How unkind! How unthoughtful! Not only that, they were doing it at work! There are laws against that!’ But I wonder what your conclusion is now that you have heard the end of the story. For this man who has gone to heaven, the answer is obvious. It was WELL WORTH IT ALL INDEED.
How about you today? What is God leading you to do? It may not be that he has asked you to ‘bombard’ any one individual with the gospel message … or maybe he has. These four charismatic Christians were not accustomed to doing so before, but they were OBEDIENT to what God had COMMANDED them to do.
What then is it that God has put in your heart to do? Do it with all your might, and do not fear the consequences. You’ve got One who is higher than man who is on your side.
‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.’ (Ecclesiastes 9:10)