I learned a hard lesson this week: sometimes the best way to evangelize is not to evangelize at all. I know that as Christians we sometimes have such a zeal for the Lord, and that’s not always a bad thing. Zeal keeps us going with the things of the Lord. Zeal is often contagious, especially when you are out witnessing alongside other believers.
But what happens when you have zeal and you meet a wall, or roadblock? I always like to think that you have the option of either going around it, or go back in the other direction. Of course, going in the other direction is something that a Christian would naturally not do. There’s the tendency to think that we always have to march forward, and never retreat. But that roadblock is there for a reason. Maybe it’s a dead end street, or maybe the road is so torn up that there’s an immediate concern that damage to your vehicle, and to an extent, your personal self, can and will occur.
Zeal will often lead you to think “Well there’s an alternate route I can take, and I can come back this way again when the area is passable.” So you take the alternate for a while, then you come back to the main route, only to find that it’s still a mess.
As evangelists, we have to acknowledge that the Word of God we speak will sometimes fall on unpassable minds,Â blocked ears, and stone hearts. And it’s at that moment that we have to decide whether to go in a new direction, or stop talking. It’s sad to say, but that person we crave so much for the Lord to touch, will not be touched at all. That person has become a tragic casualty.
It’s not our fault. We have done all we can through our hearts, and through the Holy Spirit. However, even though it is gentle, the Holy Spirit will not land, will not enter, and will not interfere where it is not wanted or needed. If there is a war going on inside of a person, the Holy Spirit will not beg to enter because it cannot have a relationship with a evil heart.
I’ve had plenty of opportunities and heartaches in both witnessing and preaching the Truth, and I think many of us have. But there’s a point where you have to get your humbleness together and realize that not a whole lot of people are going to accept your truth, which happens to be The Truth,Â because they are simply not ready for it, or outright deny it. When they outright deny it, that’s the point where you HAVE to STOP! There’s no way to get through to the people, and unfortunately the cost of repairs simply aren’t worth it.
Simply walk away, you don’t have to say anything further.
Have you ever given up on a person when they won’t hear, or accept the Truth? Why or why not?