Outreach in North America has failed. God has given us the gift of salvation, we didn’t earn it, it’s a gift. But, what gifts could we bring in return?
Bro Ben Smith spoke of a missionary, who before deciding to go to Africa, died with family and was later resurrected an hour later after her family prayed for her. She didn’t know she died at the time, of course, and she saw a vision of God at the gates of heaven.
God said said to her, “You’ve done everything to enter my kingdom, but you bring me no gifts. The gifts you bring are the souls you’ve reached. You stand before me empty.”
She said she didn’t want to come before God empty, so she asked for another chance, God granted it, she was revived and they eventually reached millions in Africa.
But what if she said no, I don’t want to go? What happens when North America and the church sit down on the message and say, “God, they don’t want it”?
God didn’t ask you whether or not they want it, He says, “Will you warn them from the words I give you to warn them?”
It’s not your problem if they respond. But the problem is that I’m going to be guilty of their blood if I don’t tell them.
Place your name and city in the following: Ezek 3:17-19 – “Son of man (Dan), I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel (Waukesha, WI); therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
It has to do with opening our mouth and speaking. Notice that it had nothing to do with what the wicked person did, it didn’t matter if he turned – it had everything to do with “I tell him”.
Could it be there is too much blood in the apostolic movement? Could it be that God is calling our debt?
He’s placed us in a city to reach every single one, and we talk to five or ten and we either give up or think we’ve reached the mountain and have a celebration. Nothing wrong with a celebration, but after it’s done, get back out there.
Ezek 3:20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”
There is a heaven or hell, and we will go one place or the other, but here is what happens – WHEN I TELL HIM, I HAVE DELIVERED MY SOUL. I’ve unburdened myself.
Have you ever felt that joy in doing outreach? Why don’t we continue then? Because we have the wrong focus.
Here is why outreach in North America has failed – we go on outreach, we speak to people, and if they don’t instantly come to church and get baptized, or they don’t instantly get the Holy Ghost right here, then we say to pastor, “I tried, it doesn’t work, no one responded”.
Then we start speaking all this negative doubt, “oh but you don’t know the kind of people I work with, maybe it works in other countries, but you don’t know what it’s like in North America, you don’t know what my family is like”.
Maybe you don’t know what my God is like! Maybe you haven’t met Him, because you just placed your country, your family, etc above Him! And He said, “If you’ll have any other gods before me…”
And we wonder why it doesn’t work?!? We make outreach all about the response, all about if the person comes to church, gets baptized or filled.
1 Cor 1:17 – For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
We’ve made outreach contingent on the sinners response. That’s not what God asked us – He said you make it about “ME”! You make your willingness to outreach about God, not about the sinner. Because when we make it about the sinner, we make the response of the sinner more powerful than God in our life.
When we make outreach about the response, we allow the enemy to bind us to their response. But when we tell someone about Jesus because we love Him, we are free.
Jer 35:6, John 3:5, Ezek 3