Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Blow Gently

I was blowing bubbles with my daughters the other night. As we took turns, I noticed that when I blew lots of bubbles would come out of the wand. Yet on their turns it seemed only a few bubbles would come out. Each time I heard their "Pffffft" as they blew with all their might. Then I let them in on a little secret. You get more bubbles if you blow gently, than if you blow hard.

It reminded me of a Biblical principal, Evangelism. Evangelism is the preaching of the Gospel. It is telling people about Jesus. But over the years, I've learned that if you "blow gently" you get more interest than if you "blow hard."

This principal is clearly stated in 1 Peter 3:15b, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." We are called to be prepared to give an answer to everyone, (blowing). We are to make sure that we keep ourselves filled with the "bubble juice" of Gospel so we are ready to blow. But we are cautioned to do this with gentleness. Blow gently.

There are plenty of people out there just waiting to learn about Jesus. It's our job to share the message! But we don't force it on people; we gently share it and let the Holy Spirit do His work in them. We don't convert people. We simply share the message, and the Holy Spirit does the rest.

So remember, blow gently. Because no body likes a blow hard!



Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

We blow and He grows I guess! :)

As I read your post, it reminded me of this scripture:

5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
I Cor. 3:5-9

You also inspired me to go and blow bubbles with the cherubs! I don't want them to ever outgrow blowing bubbles!!


Terry said...

Thank you for this post! I have been questioned a great deal about my faith in recent weeks. The questions have been tough, but I've tried to answer respectfully and to understand where the questions are coming from. There are a lot of people who are interested in Christ, but are not sure about what to believe. This post has been very encouraging.

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

I liked this analogy. Great scripture, too. It's similar to "dripping" on people over time. Reminds me of that childrens song, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."

2Thinks said...

Right on sister. Steady and unswervingly with gentleness, grace and love.

Nezzy said...

Blow gently, I love it! Yep, we can turn people off so quickly by comin' on to strong. We can love and gently share the word and it will land on a soft ear instead of a defensive heart.

Great post sweetie!!!

Ya'll have the most magnificently blessed and beautiful day!!! :o)

Warren Baldwin said...

I liked this. Good illustration and application.