by Mike Glenn
Someone once said, “A word to the wise is sufficient.” As Christians, we are tasked with the challenge of trying to persuade people in the world to listen to the gospel. If the love of Christ constrains us, as it did Paul, to be urgent in trying to teach everyone we know the gospel, we might be discouraged if we fail to reach some of our own family or friends. Jesus offers some sage advice to keep us encouraged in the face of such difficulty when he said, “A prophet is not without honor save in his own country and in his own house. In Matthew 13:53-58, we see the reaction of his own people to him. They were more amazed that he had education they could not justify than they were about the truths he tried to teach them. On one occasion they became offended enough to try to throw him off a cliff (Lk. 4:16-30). His own brothers did not believe him, even in the week before his death (John 7:5).This statement of Jesus and subsequent events give us much encouraging, yet realistic wisdom.
·We should give effort to the salvation of those we know and those who are family. Sometimes folks shy away from a serious attempt to save friends and family on the basis that they will be rejected. That is certainly a possibility. Jesus knew that from the start and yet made the efforts.
·Be aware that our first efforts might be rejected. Do not be discouraged as though the fault is in your approach or method. Even the Lord was rejected by his own.
·We also learn to not give up. The week before his death, Jesus brothers were disbelievers. In a short time after his death, they were numbered with the believers (Acts 1:14) and it is certain that two became preachers of the gospel, perhaps all of them (1 Cor. 9:2).
·Do not be discouraged with immediate results. Hundreds of times, some faithful Christian has laid the foundation in the heart of a prospect without reaping a soul at that time. But, some other faithful Christian later builds on that foundation (which you laid) and a soul is saved (1 Cor. 3:10).
Brothers and sisters, he who wins souls is wise (Prov. 11:30). No need to quit because of rejection. If we keep on, God will give the increase (1 Cor. 3:6). Wisdom is the principle thing. Therefore get wisdom. In all thy getting, get wisdom.