From the looks of things it seems I’m wasting my time preaching to wildly frenetic, whirling dervishy, hip-hoppy-happy Hare Krishas who were not paying any attention whatsoever to my one minute message.
And you’d be right—if you discounted one factor, a most important factor. Continue reading below… (Click here to start at part 1 of this 5 part series.)
The most important factor when preaching the Gospel to any crowd, whether they are listening to you or not is….
As we herald the Good News, we must remember, time and again, that we are nothing. It is God who inclines the listener to hear his Word. It is God who grants understanding. It is God who grants repentance.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything,
but only God who gives the growth.
(1 Corinthians 3:7)
I’m reminded of the account of what happened to A. W. Tozer as he was walking home from work. Tozer saw a crowd gathered on a street corner around an elderly street preacher. Curious, he stopped to listen and heard the old man say, “If you don’t know how to be saved, just call on God, saying, ‘Lord be merciful to me a sinner.’ ” Unable to stop thinking about what the preacher had said, Tozer went home and climbed up into the attic for privacy, determined to settle the question once and for all. Hours later he emerged a changed young man.
God had plans for young Tozer. He began preaching on the sidewalks himself and through this ministry met other preachers who were pastors in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Tozer ended up writing over thirty books, including the classics, “The Pursuit of God,” and “The Knowledge of the Holy.”
Tozer’s epitaph reads simply, “A man of God.”
Maybe one of those confused, demonically inspired Hare Krishnas will hear a word, a sentence, a phrase, and turn from his wicked ways and be saved.
It happened to me.
Tozer’s account taken from “The One Year Christian History” by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten, pgs. 266-267