Landmines! Some call them obstacles or hindrances, others call them pitfalls. But through them Satan has one thing in mind—to defeat us in evangelism in 2016.
Let’s look at two of them: discouragement and apathy. Discouragement is the one item Satan can use when nothing else seems to work. He loves to have us think about how ineffective we’ve been at leading people to Christ, the objections others will raise to the gospel that we may not be able to answer, and the relative who’s avoided us ever since we alluded to spiritual things. Satan’s message is basically the same, “No use trying because it’s not going to do any good.”
The problem with that tactic is both unbiblical and ungrounded. God is not asking us to bring anyone to Christ. He simply asks us to bring Christ to anyone. You don’t have to be able to answer every objection. A simple “I don’t know” and a promise to get back to them demonstrates honesty that often impresses non-Christians. Sure there are people who will avoid you. But speak to enough people and there are those who welcome your conversation about spiritual thing—especially considering the uncertainty and insecurity of the world around us.
Now consider apathy. Whereas when you came to Christ unbelievers seemed to be the only thing that mattered, now they’re at the bottom of your list. So what do you do?
Begin by talking to our God who specializes in care, not criticism—a God of grace. The admonition in Philippians 4:6 to “let your requests be made known to God,” is not limited to food and finances. Tell God, “I don’t care about non-Christians, but help that to change. I’m willing if you’ll help me.” You’ll be amazed at how God will work. Continue by rubbing shoulders with believers you know who are burdened for the unbelievers—ones that will lead you in the right direction.
Recognize discouragement and apathy for what they are – landmines of Satan. Say, “Get behind me Satan,” and act upon what you know to do. Soon Satan will get the message that if he wants to use these landmines, he’ll have to find another believer. They aren’t working with you.