maybe this is why i struggle

March 24, 2008

The boys over at Of First Importance posted a real zinger today.  The quote doesn’t explain everything, for Jesus suggested that we could expect some fruitlessness, even when sowing faithfully (Matt 13:18-23).  But maybe this is a partial explanation of why I struggle in evangelism:

Our power in drawing men to Christ springs chiefly from the fullness of our personal joy in Him, and the nearness of our personal communion with Him. The countenance that reflects most of Christ, and shines most with His love and grace, is most fitted to attract the gaze of a careless, giddy world, and win restless souls from fascinations of creature love and creature-beauty. A ministry of power must be the fruit of a holy, peaceful, loving intimacy with the Lord.

(Horatius Bonar, Words to Winners of Souls, 13)

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