“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18)
I have little difficulty initiating conversations with people, for me there is always a reason, I need to know who they say Jesus Christ is.
There is a verse that I have contemplated diligently over the years, one that almost forces me to speak of the Lord. “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Eze. 3:18)
I still do not have complete knowledge of what it means, I have read that the Lord was speaking specifically to Ezekiel, and I have read the inverse, that it is for all who serve the Living God.
There is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidences, the Most High directs our steps, and if those steps cross the path of another human being, then He has a reason for that. As much as I can I try to get along with everyone, which is not in my nature, I really do not care much about most people, they are ignorant, boastful, filled with pride and are usually self-centered. I am commanded to love them, and I know of no better way than to tell them of the One that gave His life for them.
We are all accountable for ourselves, so in some way the one who is set before me who I do not speak to will fall to my accountability, his blood will be required of me. A loss of blessings, both now and in eternity? The loss of further prospects of being profitable for the Lord? I cannot say.
We have been sent out into the world for a specific purpose, to glorify the Lord our God, but over the last few years that seems to have been changed in the hearts of many inwardly, overly concerned with their own lives, their own conscience, the way they see themselves in Christ is what they focus on, not seeking the lost. And so, while they may converse with people, the name of the One they say they love is rarely if ever brought up. The One they offer praise to is not praised in public, the words they read in the Scriptures do not pass their lips. An occasional verse perhaps, but if those they are speaking to do not respond with a question, comment or statement, they will not either.
And then they believe they have been a blessing to the Lord.
These tend to call these moments, those singular words compiled together from the Scriptures, that one verse, seed planting. They tend to believe that if the one they are speaking to was interested, they would have continued in the vein of the conversation, and so when they do not, when the subject matter shifts to the temporal, materialistic things of the world, they follow, when they should be leading. When those simply remain silent, they will not continue, for that would be rude in their estimation, or perhaps even construed as an attempt to “shove Jesus down their throat.”
And that person’s blood will be required of you.
To put it bluntly, I do not know what that means, but it does not sound like a good thing.
“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Heb. 11:16)
Perhaps there are some who are indeed born-again that the Almighty is ashamed of, this could be it, if it is, I will speak to all I meet, unashamedly, as much as I am led to.