Wrapping up our discussion of the 4 phases, let us move now to two pointers we should remember as we meet people who we will lead to Jesus:
1.) Setting our priorities
“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” Song of Solomon 2: 7
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Always put God on top. Give him prominence in your life. If you want to win people to Christ, put God first. Let not the world interrupt your love for Christ.
2.) Keep on pointing people to Christ
“Go out, O daughters of Zion, and look upon King Solomon, with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, on the day of the gladness of his heart.” Song of Solomon 3: 11
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:14-18
Keep on sharing the gospel no matter what is the reaction. Point them to Jesus who is the Savior, not you, the church you belong, your pastor nor your good works. Constantly pray to God to give you opportunity to tell someone the good news.
Now we come to the last 2 stages of how an unbeliever comes to Jesus. We might find these people are not necessary following the four phases. They might be in the indifference, curious, seeking or belonging stage. But in any case meet them at any phase with the gospel.
“Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?” Song of Solomon 6: 1
After being curious, they want to see for themselves who this beloved that the Shulammite woman keeps talking about. As a Christian, this is an opportunity to further tell them about Jesus or take them to church. In this point they might accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
Belonging to Christ
“Return, return, O Shulammite, return, return, that we may look upon you. Why should you look upon the Shulammite, as upon a dance before two armies?Or dance of Mahanaim” Song of Solomon 6: 13
The daughters of Jerusalem found beauty from the Shulammite woman. Because of what how she spoke and how passionately love her beloved, she won the people’s heart. The word “return” was repeated four times suggesting they want more for her. They want what she got. However, King Solomon intercedes to their demand for his bride. It seems as if King Solomon is saying “Look at me”. The woman became beautiful because of King Solomon. Her beauty is brought up by how much she loves her beloved. At this point they might have accepted the gospel. They could be even gone through baptism. Believers should be aware that as they lead people to Christ, they need to keep on pointing them to our Savior. They might be there for you, for the church, for the music and for the warmness of the believers. Make sure they are there for Christ. Tell them their allegiance in on Christ. To be much useful in the church and to the world, they must be grounded to Jesus. We belong to Christ. Let us not forget that.
God bless us all as we lead others to Christ.
(To be concluded next week…)
A useful hack to give yourself the 20 minutes time to read (which according to studies is essential) is reading while riding a public transport. If you’re not planning to take a nap on a bus, it will be cool if you can pull out a book or Kindle. But be sure you won’t miss your destination! Lets continue our discussion next week but before we wrap up here are our weekly quotes:
“Do you know what the Spirit-filled life is? It is living every moment as though you are standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“The Spirit-filled life is nothing more than living in the conscious presence of the indwelling Christ.”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“You say you do not know what God’s will is,but I’ll tell you what it is.Above all it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbors hear about Christ.That is His will.”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“If I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them to the One who gave His life, that we might live.”
— R. C. Sproul
“It is at the Word of God that you and I are rescued from spiritual nothingness and made alive to the things of God.”
— R. C. Sproul
“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workaholism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
— Timothy Keller
“Changing the world can be a way of actually avoiding the opportunities we have every day, right where God has placed us, to glorify and enjoy him and to enrich the lives of others.”
— Michael Horton, Ordinary