As a Christ follower, we are often reminded of the Great Commission from the last verses in Matthew. If we have ever prepared on a missions trip, we know that the goal is to share the Gospel with the people we meet. But what do we do when the person we are talking with tells us, “Thanks, but no thanks,” in essence, keep the change?
As a very new believer, only a few months old, I went with my boyfriend’s church on their spring break missions trip to southern Texas. We went to different churches and shared stories with youth groups and the Four Spiritual Laws tracts with the college students we met.
Each evening we we would gather to share our experiences and if anyone had accepted Christ. I don’t remember if anyone ever did during that trip. But I clearly remember the Keep the change moment I had when sharing the Gospel with a young woman on the beach.
She was with a group of “friends” who were encouraging her to be wild and potentially do something she would later regret. I left the church group and went to stand with her. We exchanged names, her name was Jamie, she asked if I was from the area, I said no, I was visiting. As I stood with her, I felt prompted to share the Gospel.
I pulled out my Spiritual Laws tract and explained the different aspects of the “laws.” Just as I approached the final page where I would ask of she wanted a life with Christ, one of the “friends” came up and told me Jamie wasn’t interested. They grabbed Jamie’s hand and pulled her back to their group.
I went back home a few days later and I never saw Jamie again. I prayed for her constantly to come to Christ. I will never know this side of Heaven if she did. I do know that just because she didn’t accept Christ with me doesn’t mean she was lost forever. My best friend, Dawn, heard the Gospel from me when we first met. It would fifteen years before she came to Christ. She has been sharing her faith since then with those in her circle of family and friends.
While she said “no” to me when I told her about a relationship with Jesus, a seed was planted. So Best Beloved, if you are hearing, Keep the change, please keep praying. You do not know how or when God will move in their lives.
Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).