My wife had a guy come and measure up some curtains this morning and I was outside repairing some pot plants. I caught the guy as he was leaving. He looked busy so I just quickly gave him a ‘Smart Card’ tract. He stopped and seemed interested and we got started on a 15min talk. I was trying to be as interested and compassionate in my tone and he responded well. Unfortunately he had been inoculated from the biblical Gospel and he had a whole gambit of strange ideas that he had just made up because they seemed OK to him. I worked hard to show him that we are storing up wrath for a day of judgment when we die, but he thought that God was already at work in our lives judging us and that as we improved (became a better person) as we lived our lives we would be purified. I showed him that this is not the biblical gospel – that we will be judged for our law breaking; that God would not be good and just if he did not punish us: I told him to try his idea in a natural court! NO the judge must punish us for our lawbreaking.
I asked him “Why did Jesus come to Earth?
“To be an example for us” he replied.
I nodded and gestured him to continue.
“…To live a good life and die for our sins” he added.
“Right” I said, “Jesus came to offer his righteousness to all who will believe and repent of their rebellion.”
Our conversation continued and he continued to reveal more and more unbiblical ideas such as; God is in everything and in everyone; God is going to bring everyone to himself; etc. I countered most of these with scriptures that came to mind, but I just tried to keep on the basics of the gospel and trying to show him that all our righteousness efforts to be pleasing to God is like filthy rags.If you are a Christian, please pray for the curtain man. His name is Steve.-
— Later this morning, my family and I went into town to do a few jobs and go to a few shops. I am continuing to be more confident in handing out tracts. I gave one to a lady who was waiting in a car, another lady who was waiting on a car and to a lady in a department store. My wife also gave out a few to the people she had business with (I didn’t even know till she told me). This is really good for her as she is not normally as forward as I am. We prayed for all the people who got tracts and for Steve.
I want to encourage you to get some tracts that you like and get in the habit of giving them out. I am still growing in this area. I used to think that I should only give them to people that I have time to talk to and explain what is on it, but I am more and more convinced that they can be skilfully used by the Lord for his purposes in Salvation.