Jesus On The Streets
When I was in Bible College I would volunteer to go out and witness at university campuses in our area. One leader of our group told me that witnessing was a “numbers game.” Meaning that you had to realize it was necessary to speak to a certain number of people in order to find one person that was open to hearing the gospel. I remember thinking to myself, “this sounds more like selling Kirby vacuum cleaners than sharing the good news.”
Now days I believe quite differently and my methodology has changed too. Instead of just working my way through people until I find one that is open I believe it is more productive to be spirit led by God who to witness to and when. At any given time there are a certain number of people who may be open to hearing about Jesus or just needing to talk to God. However, I have no way of knowing who these people or where they are. Moreover, even if I did happen upon a person that was ready to hear the gospel how should I talk to them to help them hear? The truth is that I cannot know this type of vital information but I do know One who does.
Tabernacles evangelism is simply letting God lead and guide us in our missionary efforts to a degree and extent greater than we ever thought possible. It is a total yielding to God not only of our minds and spirits but also our very bodies until we become, as much as we are able, a manifestation of God to those we are seeking to minister too.
Becoming, by measure, God manifest in the flesh is what the lost are really wanting. When people are confused, hurting, or seeking answers they really want to meet and have a talk with God Himself. They want to sit down with the Boss and not some mid or low level employee. They want to know that the person who has the power to do something is directly concerned with them. They want to hear His voice, look into His eyes, and feel His touch. Only God will do and when they see Him suddenly all their barriers come down and they are open to hear what you say because they know He cares.
Essentially, this is what happened at the Gate Beautiful when Peter said to the lame man “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” It was not Peter who caused the lame man to walk but the Holy Spirit. God that dwelt in the apostle performed the miracle because He honored the name of His son Jesus. Just as God flowed through Jesus and healed the woman who touched his garment His Father also flowed through Peter touched that man and He was made whole too. God wants to flow through us to such a degree that when people look at us they see God looking back at them. When they hear us speak it is the voice of our omniscient Father who knows exactly what they are going through and what they need to hear. When we lay a hand on them for comfort or healing it is the hand of God they feel. This is fully manifested tabernacle evangelism and is the full degree of revealing of His son in us that must take place if we ever hope to effectively share the gospel with the lost in this present age.
The time when our yoke is easy and our burden is light is when we do not have to carry it. It is when we walk in the Spirit and thus are not tempted by the lusts of the flesh. It is when God takes over to such an extent that He does the witnessing and we are just a vessel He flows through. This is the essence of Tabernacle evangelism and it is a natural outflow of becoming one with our Father through the Divine Love. God is love and when we become one with God we become love. His wisdom becomes our wisdom. His omniscient knowledge becomes available to us as when seek to allow Him to speak through us to those He wishes to speak to. We know what we cannot know simply because God gives it do us as we, by faith, yield our minds and mouths to Him for the work of the ministry.
In conclusion, evangelism is not a numbers game but a very specific and Spirit led action that leads us to the specific people whom God wants to speak to or comfort that day. I remember one time I was driving along the interstate highway and I felt that I needed to take an off ramp that led to a certain town. I did not initially know why I was feeling to do that but my spirit was being drawn to do so…so I did. God led me this way and that way and eventually I ended up at a Christian couples home and God said to go knock on their door. I had not seen these people for over a year but I felt it was important to see them that day. The wife came to the door and she was in tears. I asked what was the matter and she said that the week before Her husband, who had been being treated for schizophrenia, had went off his medicine, relapsed, gotten into trouble with the police, and was to go before a judge that day to see if he would go to prison. She had just open a letter from her husband, who back on his meds, was in his right mind. she was devastated and deeply distressed. I listened, spoke what God gave me to say to her, and we prayed. She felt very comforted because she realized that God was the one who sent me to her in that dark hour and that He knew and cared, in a real and personal way, about what they were going through.
What the woman needed that day was for God to personally show up. She needed to hear directly from Him to know that He had things under control. God was able to do that through me simply because I listened and obeyed on time. Had I neglected to take that turn because I had something that I thought was more important to do God may not have been able to speak into her life as He did. To her, that day, I was God manifest in the flesh when she needed Him most.
Each one of us has this ability if we will give up our own plans and ambitions and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in what we do on a daily basis. When we make God more important than our “to do list” He is free to accomplish miraculous things. This is our destiny as fully restored Tabernacle saints and when we as a group start to say, “we are the Father are one” then greater works than Jesus did will be done through us.