Daily Word for Monday, August 3, 2015
As we share our faith with unbelievers, we are sure to get many excuses as to why they have yet to give their hearts to the Lord.
Our responses to these excuses must be biblical, loving and compassionate. What the unconverted do not need are believers who JFJ them. JFJ stands for “Jump them for Jesus.” That is not a biblical approach and will not, in most instances, produce the desired results.
I want to offer you, over the next three days, biblical responses to common excuses that unconverted people make.
Remember, our responses are not just biblical but also loving and compassionate.
Excuse #1: Not today!
• Choose for yourself today.
Joshua 24:15 – And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
• How long will you hesitate?
I Kings 18:21 – And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
• Do not boast about tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
• Seek the Lord while He may be found.
Isaiah 55:6 – Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
• Son of Man coming at an hour that you do not think He will.
Matthew 24:44 – Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
• This very night your soul will be required of you.
Luke 12:19-20 – And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
• Now why do you delay?
Acts 22:16 – And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
• Now is the acceptable time.
II Corinthians 6:2 – “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Each of one of these scriptures are direct answers to the “not today” excuse. Get familiar with them, write them out in their entirety and place them where you have easy access; perhaps on your phone or other electronic device.
Ask God to prepare your heart to respond to this excuse in a way that will draw and not repel people.
Thank God for the opportunity to be used by Him in what is most important to Him; that is, Lost Sheep!
Share with me this week how you have used one or more of these responses to minister to an unconverted Soul.
Peace and blessings!