I was recently approached by a friend of mine who told me I need to be more blunt when asking for help. This got me thinking. I’ve never really wanted to be that type of person that sends people running in the opposite direction, because every time I come around, they think I am asking for help. I know there is a good balance in there, but I am trying to find it.
However, that’s not what I really wanted to talk about. I cannot remember who I’ve shared these thoughts with in the past, but I’ve often wondered about this idea of bluntness or boldness in connection to the Gospel message. For instance, I think many churches and Christians today feel like they have to “spoon feed” others around them with Jesus. While I am not saying this is correct or incorrect, I just think we should take another look at it. Also, I am not sure the people that stand on the street corner preaching fire and brimstone also have a ton of “conversions.” Like myself with asking for help, I think there is a happy medium to find in there. When I read through the accounts of Jesus and His apostles in the New Testament, I read about tons and tons of people coming into a saving relationship with God. How do they do it? Well, I think it is mix between boldness and coddling. At times, Jesus told people how it was, and at other times, He sat and listened.
Mainly these are just some observations that I felt like sharing. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.