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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When Not to Share the Gospel (Psalm 53)

When someone tells you they're not a Christian and they are not looking to get their mind changed, should we respond with "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God?'" Respond that way only if you want to start an argument and reduce the chances of them ever wanting to come to faith in Jesus.


In other words, sharing this verse, Psalm 53:1, would be using Scripture to attack someone and the absolute wrong thing to say.

Have you ever seen professing Christians on social media go from disagreeing on a point of faith, to getting their pride wounded, to arguing, and then to name calling? It's actually really easy to get sucked into.


But when we do that, Satan wins, not Jesus. Because that conversation is not going to draw anyone to faith in Jesus; it will just push people further away.


In fact, that's not what Jesus calls us to do. Yes we are to go and share the gospel message of salvation to all who have an ear to hear (those who are willing to listen).


But we are to pray for discernment in who to share with and who not to share with.


In Acts 16, it says that Paul wanted to go to Asia to share the gospel, but he was restrained from doing so and instead directed to go somewhere else.


Acts 16:6-8 [6] They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; [7] and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; [8] and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.


Why did God not let Paul and his companions share the gospel message of salvation in certain places? Because the people there were not willing to receive it. Those people would have been in the group saying, "I'm not a Christian and I'm not looking to get my mind changed."


We see a similar example in Luke 10:8-12. Jesus told his disciples that if a town welcomed them, stay there, heal the sick, and share the gospel. But if a town refused to welcome them, wipe the dust from their feet and leave.


For those of us who are followers of Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5:19-21, says we have been given a ministry and a message to share. That message is the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.


But Jesus gives everyone the choice to accept Him or reject Him. We are to share with those who are open and ready to hear it. We are to pray for and love those who are not.


If you are still reading, I'm going to assume you're ready to hear. Do you know that Jesus, is God the Creator of the Universe, who came in human flesh, to die in our place so that we could be freed from our sins and reunited with Him for all eternity?


Can you imagine what great love would give us the free gift of salvation, simply by letting go of our own way and trusting in Him and His way?


Trusting in Jesus now, means we are never alone. It means He will be with us, loving us, guiding us, and sustaining us through everything this world throws at us.


Are you ready to let go of doing life your way and ask Jesus to love you, guide you, and sustain you going forward today and each day yet to come?



Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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