I took the dog for a walk and, as I turned the corner, felt a grieving from the Lord in my spirit. I thought, “I guess the Lord wants me to take the dog on a short walk today and to get home quickly.” So I turned around and headed in the other direction which was toward home. But as I was about the turn the next corner to go towards home, the same thing happened again. There was yet another direction I could take, so I took that one, instead, and wondered where it would all lead.
My assumption was, “The Lord is probably sending me on a nice long walk, because I need to talk to Him.” I had a lot on my heart. I had been grief struck that same morning in prayer at how lost the world was. Jesus had said, “you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 10:23). What a painful thought! Not only would the entire world not get fully reached before the return of Christ, not even would the nation of Israel get fully reached before the return of Christ! The world was spinning in a dizzying direction towards hell. Jesus said that the harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few. The pain of it seemed to hit me in a fresh new way that morning.
I kept moving along the sidewalk, walking the dog. As I got to the end of the street, I would have expected that I should turn left, but upon starting to turn left, I once again felt a grieving in my spirit. So I kept going straight – further and further away from my house. Where was the Spirit of the Lord taking me? I reasoned, “I guess I will turn left at the next street, then head back up towards home through the shortcut.” And that is exactly what I did, with a great deal of peace from the Lord, too. As I approached the Muslim school that was situated near the shortcut, the Lord began to speak to me once again.
I stood on the same “circle” that the Muslim people were using to drop their children off. I wanted to be ultra-sensitive to the Holy Spirit, for He was speaking. What did He want me to say to them? I checked my coat pocket, and I realized I had several tracts written by Joni Eareckson Tada on me. I took one out, and stood there, as a Muslim woman proceeded to walk in my direction with her child. I held out the tract and said, “I would like to share the love of Jesus with you. He’s coming back.”
The woman replied, “Yes, we need to be ready.”
I thought to myself, “She’s thinking of a different Jesus.” I was aware that Muslims believe that Jesus is coming back. But they do not honor Jesus as the crucified Messiah, God in the flesh and Lord over all creation.
The woman was still moving, and about to disappear from view, and I elevated my voice slightly and said, “Do you believe that Jesus is God?”
There was no reply as the woman faded quickly into the school with her child.
I prayed, “Lord, I pray that you will speak to her.” I thought, “I guess I will go home, now.” But again the Spirit of God was grieved within me when I started to do this. So I repented of this decision, and turned around. Once again, I stood on the circle as I “eyed” all of the people dropping of their children. There was one man dropping off his son. I thought, “I will wait until the man has taken his son into the school and comes out to leave. Then, I will speak to him about the love of Jesus.” And I did. The man soon came out, and headed towards his car. I was standing within about 15 feet of his car, and, when he went toward the drivers seat, I elevated my voice slightly and said, “Hi, I’m wondering, can I talk with you for a minute?”
“Odd behavior,” the man perhaps was thinking. But certainly no more odd than what the Lord had been doing with me all morning! How do you break in on someone’s day? You must “break the ice” somehow, and I did not have any meal or special offerings to share with the man. I had something far greater – the Jesus that he needed. The man graciously gave me his time (about 1 minute in all). I shared with him from my heart. (It was a far more personal and practical encounter than with the first person.)
I said, “I am a Christian and I believe the Lord wants me to tell you about Jesus.”
“Go on,” the man said.
“I was not always a Christian,” I said to the man. “I became a Christian about twenty-five years ago because someone shared the love of Jesus with me.” I continued, “The Bible says that Jesus is coming back one day.”
The man, being a Muslim, had no problem with this, as I know that Muslims do not have a problem with this statement. However, what they do not understand is that the Muslim “rendition” of Jesus is far from the truth.
I said to the man, “The Bible says that Jesus is coming for His people. He is coming back for all those that believe in Him.” Then I said, “The Lord is a very personal God and desires a relationship with His people.”
The man seemed to be quite open and did not dismiss me or indicate that he was not interested in what I had to share. Then I said, “I have something to read – can I give it to you?”
The man said “yes” and I gave him the tract written by Joni Eareckson Tada. The name of the tract is “Amazing Love!”
I did not have time for a long discussion with the man. But he did receive the tract. Perhaps he will receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
May I encourage to carry tracts with you at all times, so you can be ready to make a defense on the Lord’s behalf. Tracts are not always needed, of course, but are usually very powerful in any given situation. The tract that I left this man with enabled me to share more with him than the actual words I shared while standing on that sidewalk. It allowed my “voice” to continue to speak to him, long after I was gone. It could be used by God to effectively communicate the gospel message to him, and to others that might possibly read it. Therefore, tracts are, generally speaking, an indispensible tool among the list of tools that are available for evangelism.
Not sure where to find tracts? The website on the back of the one I used says, www.goodnewspublishers.org. There are plenty available from reputable sources, and I encourage you to find one today, and to order them. Order enough so that you will not run short. You can, in fact, easily give away five or more tracts a day in the course of any normal work day – that has been my experience. Give a tract to a person at a bus stop. Give a tract to a bank teller. Give a tract to your doctor. The list goes on and on. And if you are going to start ordering them for yourself, you might as well start ordering them for others, as well. Phone up a friend and ask them how many they would like.
There is much work to do! But there is very little time left. Sow the seed of the harvest, while there is yet time. Jesus said, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) And if you are afraid to share your faith, remember the passage of Scripture that says, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10b). God will fill your mouth with the words that are needed, as you take that step of faith for Him.