Preoccupied With Appearances?
God has blessed me and given me the opportunity to lead hundreds to accept the Lord as their Savior. I had the opportunity to lead some to the Lord this past winter and was thinking about how natural it was. I don't do well with sales people because many are so pushy and most all have a learned script they go by. It turns me off! I want to share a little story from a devotional I copied several years ago that better explains what I want to say.
A newly-hired salesman stunned his superiors with his first report, for it revealed that he was nearly illiterate. He wrote: “I seen this outfit who aint never got a dimes worth of nuthin from us an sole them sum goods.” But before he could be fired, a second letter arrived. It read: “I came to Chicawgo an sole them haff a millyon.”
The sales manager dumped the problem into the president’s lap. The next day the staff was amazed to see the salesman’s letters on the bulletin board, with this memo: “We ben spendin two much time tryin to spel insted of tryin to sell. I want everybody should read these letters from Gooch, who is doin a grate job, and you should go out and do like he done!”
Some well-meaning Christians get so preoccupied with appearances that they lose sight of their primary purpose. In my early years of soul winning I worried more about presenting the gospel flawlessly than I did about its real aim. I've learned something over the years, I had rather give a stumbling, stammering presentation of the gospel that points sinners to Christ than a cold, formal, precise address that leaves them unmoved! I have stumbled and stammered through sermons where I thought, boy, I blew this one. But when I gave the invitation a dozen or more would be saved!
When looking for opportunities to present the gospel, remember the priorities of that salesman. Then go out and “do like he done”! God Bless!!