Sharing The Gospel (28 Jul 2019)

Last month, I got a rude shock when one of my regular lunch kakis shared with me that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. This news came to me as an unexpected as there were no tell-tale signs. When I have lunch with him, he looks healthy. I got to know this friend during my pre–university days when he and his wife were my colleagues. Ever since, we have been in close contact. Sensing that he was anxious and in low spirits through his WhatsApp messages, my wife and I decided to pay him a visit at his home. We thought we should pray for him and show him some concern before his operation to remove the affected part of the colon. If an opportunity arise, we can also bring the gospel to him. What caught me by surprise, just before the visit, was that he (a non-believer), had requested me to purchase a Bible for him; which we did. During the visit, we learned how he had seen his friends’ lives change when they accepted Christ and how his prayers has been answered when he prayed to “God”. During the conversation, my wife and I managed to share the gospel tract “Four Spiritual Laws” which we had brought along. Though he did not pray to accept Christ then, we were amazed how, through such situations, the Lord can use us to sow the Gospel seed in my friend’s life.

From the above episode, I learned the following:

(i) Opportunities to share the Gospel

We are placed in respective environments and workplaces and have many opportunities to share the Gospel. However, due to our busyness in work and daily affairs, we often lose focus of what the Lord has commanded us to do. As I speak of this, I acknowledge that I am also guilty of the above. We need to proactively build gospel bridges with the people that we often interact with. We should not wait for “circumstances” to propel us to do so. By not taking any action, we may lose the opportunity forever.

(ii) The work of the Holy Spirit

As much as we are eager to see my friend converted, we are reminded that it is ultimately the Lord (i.e the Holy Spirit) who does it. He is the One who will soften the heart of an unbeliever and draw the person to Him. Therefore we need not be disappointed if we do not see the end result. We play a part in the entire process to plant the seed; someone will later water it and it is the Lord who gives the growth (1 Cor 3:6). Most importantly, we allow ourselves to be used by the Lord to fulfil the mission.

Coming back to my friend’s condition, the operation was a success and the stage of the cancer was diagnosed at a stage which requires no chemotherapy treatment. As I continue to reach out to my friend, I seek your prayers: to join me to pray for my friend’s full recovery and that he would one day know and receive Jesus as his personal saviour and Lord.

Matthew 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” “

 

Brother Leo Deng Yong