Nothing particularly insightful or groundbreaking today, not I ever write anything insightful or groundbreaking. Sometimes I just like playing with my cameras, either my DSLR or my iPhone. Today I wanted a memory of what it looks like while I write my blogs. My normal routine is to go out for my run, make breakfast and the Elixir of Life (coffee), then commence to writing. Here’s what it looks like while I do.
“The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.'” Acts 8:29 [emphasis mine]
What do people really think of door to door evangelism? In a TED Talks episode Julia Sweeney provides excellent insight into how many “Gospel Presentations” are perceived. The story of Jesus and God’s love that we share as Christians, regardless of its validity, may leave the listener just as incredulous as Ms. Sweeney describes in this video. The Gospel that we share may be true, as opposed to what Ms. Sweeney experienced, but those with whom we share it rarely make such a distinction. Telling such a fantastically unbelievable story as God’s love for humanity without building a relationship with the hearer is perilous, rarely effective and often damaging. Carried to the extreme I submit that it is also extra-biblical.
Our testimony of Jesus’ sovereignty and love is most effective when we’ve earned the right to be heard. Proximity is necessary to build trust. Being near someone, building and maintaining a relationship with them, provides that we are ready to share when the Spirit presents the opportunity, not on our time table. Philip was in proximity to the eunuch so that he would be ready when God made the eunuch ready.
Even Jesus demonstrated the importance of building a relationship with the woman at the well so that she would be ready to listen. Is any servant greater than his master? We need to get behind enemy lines to “rescue the perishing.”