Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere and I hope you know this, too. 2 Corinthians 5:11 (NLT)
It amazes me how many committed Christians have not worked out for themselves exactly what they believe about Jesus to the point where they are comfortable sharing it with others. It starts with our own testimony and what we believed when we came to Christ — nailing that and then giving others the same message for them to trust. Ask yourself: What was the message that took root in my heart that allowed me to turn from myself and my sin and embrace the person of Jesus Christ? What did the Holy Spirit clear up for me? Why did it make sense then and not before? Why was it so meaningful? How did the information about Jesus turn into an invitation?
These are all questions the Holy Spirit has answered in your life and wants you to reflect back to others.
Our ability to do the job of God’s Man on earth involves a clear understanding of our responsibility. The Holy Spirit impresses on us the importance of talking meaningfully and sincerely to others about Christ — being prepared, anticipating! Working hard to persuade others means being prepared and above all listening to them, working hard in praying for them, working hard at getting down a clear presentation of the gospel.
The best news ever is that the Holy Spirit’s job is to take what I say and make it sing! The Holy Spirit convicts a person. That means that His job (not ours) is to move non-Christians into an awareness of God, a consciousness of their need, and a clear understanding of what they have to do, which is to repent fromself-sufficiency and come to God humbly and dependently.
Father, you have made your plan clear. Plan connotes preparation.