Just a thought, as I am preparing my heart for future ministry. In the last week or so while in NYC, I had the opportunity to minister, along with my son and a friend, to a man in need.
My friend bought him a hamburger, and my son and I later gave him a little bit of money, and talked with him.
What a blessing it was that my son reached out to him.
Anyway, this experience stirred my heart, and it was my son that wanted to go back and talk to him after my friend gave him the burger.
When we returned, there was a UPC woman there who was agitating him, showing no compassion for his disability, but just being a thorn in his side with her UPC teaching. She was taken back when I laughed and had joy. When she attempted to challenge me, I took the opportunity to make sure others around heard the truth.
Too many times when we think of street preachers, we think of Hell fire and brimstone preaching, and while I do believe there is a place for it, such ministry doesn’t have to define what street ministry is.
The gospel brings hope, and why can’t others do it differently?
Jesus told his disciples to follow him and he would make them fishers of men. It is Jesus who equips us to reach the lost, not copying what others do.
Many times the hell fire and brimstone preachers get attention when the hecklers get incited, but nothing shuts the mouths of a heckler like the kindness of the Lord which leads people to repentance.
If a person is not ready to hear the gospel, you can’t force it down their throat, but nothing makes a mark on people like being kind.
A simple prayer (not a quick sinners prayer that they are talked into) but a real caring faith filled prayer for them as an individual will do wonders and will open a person’s heart to hear the gospel.
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. ~ Acts 16:14
If you are involved in street ministry, or thinking about it, you don’t have to do it like everyone else. Just go love people with your kindness, prayers, and God will open the hearts.