Exhort, Don’t Abort: Their Life Depends on It
In the bible we see that Jesus often spoke in parables. A parable is defined as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. A parable can also be viewed as “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” Recently, God gave me a real life parable that challenged me, convicted me, and is now changing me. Here is my personal parable that can possibly help you in your personal walk.
My Personal Parable
As I sat in front of a vending machine, I watched a young man put his money into the machine for a soda. To his surprise, the machine stole his money and he was not able to get a drink. He then went into the cashier’s office and was able to get his money back. Shortly thereafter, another young man walked up to the machine. I felt the urge to warn him that the machine was broken but I held my tongue and decided to ‘mind my business’. I was not surprised when the young man looked disappointed because his money was stolen. He then went to another vending machine to spend more money to get a drink. I told him that he could go into the cashier’s office to retrieve his money back from the broken machine. He went inside of the cashier’s office and walked out disappointed again. I asked him what happened and he told me that the cashier said she could not refund his money.
After this encounter, an extreme feeling of sadness overwhelmed me. Holy Spirit began speaking to me, explaining that this is how souls are. If we have knowledge of the gospel, or the good news, we should use it to a save a life or help someone avoid trouble. He also revealed to me that sometimes there are tough consequences once the deed is already done. Just like the young man was not able to get his money back, some mistakes may not be an easy fix. He could have avoided all of this if I would have just shared with him what I knew. Here are some important takeaways for you:
1. Exhort, Don’t Abort
Once I realized the revelation behind what I just witnessed, I felt so bad. What if that was my only chance to save a soul from going down the wrong path? I began repenting and the words “exhort, don’t abort” came to my mind. The word exhort means to give warning or advice and the word abort means to abandon or rescind. God was telling me to warn others and not to abandon that mission. If we feel the Holy Spirit leading us to talk to someone or warn them, we should do so. Our words can change their path, save them from destruction, and introduce them to Jesus.
2. It’s A Part of Your Purpose
Many people are on the pursuit for purpose, wondering what they are meant to do on this earth. I was once told that we all have the same purpose; just have different assignments. Our purpose is clearly outlined in the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:16-20.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Now you may not always have access to water for baptism but you do have the opportunity to teach at all times. You can do this at the grocery store, gym, or even at a basketball game. If the Holy Spirit leads you to speak to someone, do so.
3. Learn to Discern When to Speak
I usually know when to speak to someone if I am oddly drawn to them. There is an uneasiness that comes over me and it won’t leave me until I say something to that individual. Whenever you’re unsure, ask the Father for confirmation. Another thing you should ask Him for is boldness. Don’t let fear hold you back. God promises to never leave you or forsake. While explaining the Great Commission, Jesus says “And surely I am with you always.” And if you are wondering what to say to the person, Luke 12:12 says “The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.”
You never know how your words can change the world. The power of life and death lies in your tongue, so use your greatest asset to change a life. If you feel the push, don’t resist but persist. An easy way to start off is just by introducing yourself and sharing your testimony. When I saw the second young man go up to the machine, I could have shared my testimony of what I just witnessed the first man go through. My testimony could have saved him some money. Your testimony can save someone’s life. If you are still struggling with speaking up for Christ, check out “Practical Ways to Win Souls For Christ”.
Contributing Writer at Christian En Vogue
Martina Samantha, also known as Tina Demure, is a 23-year old woman of God that found her passion in the form of a pen and a pad. With every heartbreak, breakdown, or breakthrough, she has turned to writing to document each moment.Growing up, she was told that she would be a surgeon but she was confused as to what that meant. She never had any interest in the medical field, science, or performing surgery. But now she knows that God meant that her hands would be used to write stories that would heal her own heart, and touch the hearts of others.
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