Sow and water seeds:
Our Lord’s great commission to all believers thereafter is to preach His Gospel to all nations and all people. The fact that one is timid, shy, introverted, etc. in no way diminishes Christ's commission to us to spread the Gospel, get them to demonstrate their new belief (baptized) and teach them all things He taught us.
Jesus never said to anyone that picking up your cross (forsaking your own personal life, comfort, sense of self worth, worldly reputation and ambitions - Just as He did when He bore the cross for all) was going to be easy or comfortable. He died to self and became a ransom for all. The mark of a believer is to follow Him in all of this. The night before His crucifixion our Lord was tempted to forsake His mission on earth. He resisted unto blood (sweating great drops of blood) striving against this particular sin. Luke 22: 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I also warn not to confuse your place in the body of Christ (ref to I Cor 12) with the command for all to sow and water seeds. The fruit in all of those contexts are other believers first and foremost. All the fruit of the Spirit described in the Galatians and Ephesians are for this one and only purpose. The Great Commission was given to all who follow Christ without caveat.
The sower is one example, the steward is another.
The Lord is outside of the limits of time and space; He knows all and sees all, knows who will believe and who will not throughout the ages. We see only free will and must warn them. The spreading of Christ's Gospel is our charge and earthly work from the time of our belief until the the time we physically die. First to the Jews (for our purposes - those we come in contact with regularly) and then to the greeks (people we chance encounter) I know this is a topical play on wording but still applicable.
No one can believe without hearing the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word work together as one to save and sanctify. It has never occurred spontaneously without hearing the Word in the Spirit's power. The more earnest, secret, private prayer that a believer puts in, the more of the Spirit's power will be present when they witness Luke 11:13. Keep in mind that only God can give the increase but that does not let us off the hook in importunistic, shameless begging of God for the Spirit's power as He taught us in Luke 11.
I think the biggest obstacle we have to boldness in witnessing is this un-Scriptural "sale's" pressure for immediate results placed on a believer (whether external or internal). 95% of the self imposed angst believers feel with witnessing would be alleviated if we remembered the Words of our Lord throughout Scripture: Not by power nor by might but by my Spirit saith the Lord. The sincere burden to warn souls should be on us however. We must warn them and tell them that we are warning them. The level of conviction however is in direct correlation with the amount of secret tears, prayer and fasting we commit to and never by any wisdom of our own words; like sales tricks, etc. Luke 11: 8-13 reference again.
It is with near certainty that all those born-again will be present at the Great White Throne Judgment. Those lost persons we have known in our routine and daily walk (family, neighbors, co workers) will be cast into the lake of fire right in front of us. The final wiping away of all tears comes after the Great White Throne which indicates to me that we will watch those condemned to eternal torment whom we have known personally throughout our saved lives whom we never warned. Relatives whom we never gave up a single meal for to implead God for their souls. Think on it for a moment and try to imagine some other reason why there would be tears in Heaven if not for this reason. God makes it abundantly clear that we are responsible for seeding and watering, please make no mistake about that.
Warning the lost through sharing the Gospel can be done in multiple ways and all are effective if we remember the only active ingredients - the Scriptures and importunistic prayer for the Spirit (Luke 11: 8 - 13 again). Any clever commentary we wish to add means nothing to God and will not enhance the Spirit's conviction in their hearts of sin and righteousness and judgment to come.
Preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I Cor 1 reference.
I recommend looking up a group in Oregon online called "Watchmen Gospel Signs". They sell (at cost only) a myriad of excellent signage, bumper stickers, window decals that provide the Gospel directly from Scripture. No gift of gab necessary to truly and unashamedly place your light on a table for all the world to see. Cover your cars and surround your house with them and you will have treasure in Heaven my friend. But be warned, you will be persecuted for it. Far more than any door to door knocking will produce. Why, because it will be the you that everyone's already knows. In other words, it will be the full-time you. It won't be the anonymous you cold- knocking on doors an hour or three a week. In addition, Gospel messages loaded with Scripture and bathed in prayer can be sent to almost everyone in this country these days through email.
If the lost including the lukewarm revile you, mock you, say evil of you falsely for His Namesake because you are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ then happy are ye for so did they the martyrs, disciples, Apostles and prophets that came before you.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified
Remember the Words of our Lord Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
We must be Christlike in our warning but please keep in mind that Christ never sugarcoated, watered down or beat around the bush with His Message.
We will understand clearly just how much of our "saved" lives we wasted on the temporal. I think the vast majority will understand what the word regret means unlike ever before in their lives:
Eze 33:8, 9 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
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