We can’t force them, pleading with them will do no good, begging won’t work, we can’t even keep the promises that we tell them are the truth. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
We don’t know who God is drawing, we through Spiritual discernment and listening to the Holy Spirit at times know for a fact that we are to speak to someone about the grace of God that is offered through Jesus Christ, but we can offer them no more than that. Some people are open to listen to our testimony, many will say though that it was nothing more than luck, chance and coincidence, that by our own effort we changed our sinful lives into ones that are now productive to society, but most will simply write you off. They will generally do so politely, but not always.
Witnessing for the Lord can cause one to lose their life in some places, but for the most part they may listen for a few minutes and then politely excuse themselves. So, who are we to speak with about the mercy and grace of the Lord, and who are we to pass by? Since some of the Apostles were fishermen that the Lord called, I like to use the analogy of fishing, I put a hook in the water, so to speak, with some bait on it called the Word of God. Anyone that will engage in a short conversation with you at any time or location is to be seen, so to speak, as a possible fish to be caught for the Lord. A short Scripture verse when the moment calls for it, a “praise God” or similar statement during the conversation will immediately set you apart from those you are speaking with.
I believe you all know for a fact that those words are not part of any generalized conversation that most people have, and so in that moment what you have done is shown to those you are speaking with that you are not as they are. My friends, if you are serving Christ as Lord of your life than this should not come as a new revelation to you, unless you speak of Christ, they will not know you to be a Christian, it is that simple.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) To those who believe that it is their lifestyle that shows to the world who they serve I say this, how many “good” people do you know, and how can you tell from their lifestyle if they are saved or not, what actions do you purposely take that sets you apart from the lost who also lead “good lives.” Church attendance? “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Those hooks we put out there are meant to catch a soul, the only bait that works are words that in some way set you apart from them, and those words must in some way give the glory to God.
I set this statement before you for your consideration, if you do not speak of Jesus Christ, how do you show to the world that you love Him, if you will not open your mouth to show forth His glory, how will they know about your salvation, if you will not talk to your neighbor about the Lord, how can you say you love your neighbor? It is incomprehensible to me for someone to say they are a Christian when they will not speak of Christ to the lost, if they say they are saved, then what is the proof of that salvation? Church attendance? Is that it, is that all the Lord said we had to do, make sure to fulfill Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” And then you’re saved?
If you do not speak to others about Him who you claim is Lord of your life, and still profess to be a Christian, then you may want to contemplate Matthew 10:33, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” There should be proof of your salvation outside of those church walls.