I have devoted much of my time to reading my Bible and dwelling on those passages throughout each day. I have been doing this consistently (day-by-day) for about a year. I have literally treated it like bread, consuming it each day as if my life depended on it. But what in the world do I do when I meet someone who needs Jesus and rejects God’s Word as something they can trust? How can I share the Gospel with them if they don’t trust the pages it’s written on? What do I do when I finally get what’s in there but they won’t let me take it out and show it to them?
There’s only one thing I can do. I have to trust the Gospel. I have to take God at His Word. You see, His Word guarantees that even though Jesus isn’t walking right here in the flesh with us, He has sent His followers a Helper to be with them on their journey of faith. Before I chose to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit was there with me. He’s the one who led me to that decision in the first place! Now He resides within me and is at work all around me. He knows the thoughts of my heavenly Father and He reveals those things to me when I am quiet enough to listen. People that need to hear the Gospel may reject the pages it is written on, but there is always a chance that they won’t reject the Holy Spirit. It the power of the Spirit that unlocks the words of God and reveals the Truth [Jesus Christ] to people. This is why it is so important that we “walk by the Spirit” [Galatians 5:16]. To quote Paul from Galatians 5:25, ” If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” God is using us. We are not using God. We have got to get that straight! So when we encounter people who need Christ, we must not take the working of the Holy Spirit out of the equation. Instead, we ought to keep up with the Spirit! We do not “wield” the Holy Spirit. We surrender to His power, letting Him “wield” us. If He is opening the door for us, He will be faithful to empower us for whatever lies in that room.
Each of us is a temple of God – a mobile stronghold of the kingdom. We are not ordinary people anymore. We have been made new – born of the Spirit. Everything we need to live by the Spirit is found in God’s Word and in the working of the Spirit within us. God’s Word is no longer simply words on a page for us who are in Christ. It is the power of God. If someone rejects the Bible, don’t call it quits. If they don’t reject you, then they have not completely cut themselves off from the Gospel. It’s in your DNA now. Keep praying for them and listening to the Spirit. Keep your eyes on Christ. Remember what He has done and will do! Trust the Gospel even when the people you reach out to refuse it.