Don't Wait 4
"This group (the prideful group) is hardened and prideful - Self-sufficient and quite often religious. This group is difficult to win for Jesus. I want you to feel with me the urgency of your ministry.
God calls every person to accept the sacrifice of His Son as the payment for the penalty for their sins. But do you know who God uses to make the call?
God uses you to make the call. And if they make excuse and don't come, God uses you to follow up, and if that doesn't work God uses you to go the extra mile, until through example, persuasion, nurturing, admonition and love - that person says yes to Christ.
Let's look at another example of what happens to those who procrastinate making a decision for Jesus.
Mark 10:17-22, "Andwhen He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and asked Him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inheret eternal life? V18 And Jesus said unto Him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. V19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. V20 And he answered unto Hi, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. V21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me. V22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions."
I wonder which it was that disappointed the rich young ruler the most? Selling his riches and giving to the poor?
Taking up the cross and following Jesus?
But they go hand in hand. I really admire Jesus for facing this rich young ruler with the truth. Jesus didn't preach easy believism to this young man. Jesus simply told him the cost."