“Give Us Today Our Daily Bread”
My dad told me this story the other day:
“When I was a kid, there was a really snowy day and my Mum told me to pop to the shop to get supplies i.e. Bread. I got myself ready and headed out but on my way I decided to ask my elderly neighbours if they wanted any bread, they said yes so I set out on my way.”
“When I arrived the shelves were completely empty apart from three loaves of bread. I picked up the two I needed for my family and my elderly neighbours and set off home. I got to my neighbour’s house and I gave them the bread and the first thing they said wasn’t thank you, it was, “oh…we don’t like that type of bread.”
Now when I heard that, I thought of the line by a famous pastor, a guy called D. T. Niles, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
Sometimes, we feel like we are doing people a favour and they don’t show us any appreciation whatsoever and as a result we almost don’t want to do them a favour anymore. The same logic almost applies to evangelism. When we want to talk to people about our faith and they reject it, we either tiptoe around the subject forever more or avoid it completely, because we feel we have been rejected because that aspect of our life is rejected.
There is power in that message but people do reject it, Jesus experienced that first hand when people walked away from him talking or especially when he was put to death. People are sceptical about what they cannot see, and so reject it.
Like my dad with his neighbours, they say, “we don’t like that bread.” What we really want to say at that moment, “Ok, stuff it then!” The message of Jesus is one of love and hope, so we hold it close and we offer it when we see people needing it. They may stil reject it but that doesn’t mean we don’t offer.
Jesus says in Matthew 10, 12-14 “When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don’t welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”
It’s the final bit of that I want to focus on, “Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” Basically, if someone doesn’t like what you have to say, it doesn’t matter. Continue to pray for those people, God is still walking with them but this was not the right time or the right person.
We have a strong message, people might not like the bread we offer, but there is someone who always needs it. If someone says no, keep your head high, say “no worries,” and look for the next person you need that might need feeding.
– Joel Newall« Worship and Values |