First, I wanted to thank you so much for posting this because I have wanted to start a similar “Left Behind" resource post on this forum, and was feeling overwhelmed with where to start and knowing what content to share. I feel a great urgency to get this type of content out there for those who will be needing it shortly. I have a feeling people will come to JD’s site post-Rapture and we have a responsibility to those souls to help them find the information they will need at that point. God bless you and your Christ centered efforts! We are one body and together we accomplish every purpose and intention of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I too have been led and convicted by the Holy Spirit recently to “up my game” when it comes to witnessing. In fact, prior to Covid, I absolutely would have called myself a lukewarm Christian and when I reflect on my past I am so disappointed in myself for not recognizing this sooner and doing more for the Body of Christ. I see so clearly now that is a major purpose for the season I am in, and I was entirely missing the mark previously. I was foolishly focused on the ways of the world and advancing and entertaining myself. Ugh, saying that out loud is really even more shameful, but there for the grace of God go I.
In re to your “ps” message. There are so many things I am struggling with when it comes to witnessing and my own ineffectiveness — there are many levels and flavors of this for me. Sharing them in hopes others can relate, and either find or offer comfort or suggestions. Because I do believe it is Satan who whispers in my ear “not good enough!” So I try to remember that and keep my eyes focused on Jesus, and the race I am running.
As hinted above, my efforts pre-Covid were NON-EXISTENT. I won’t go into detail about how and why I turned around, but I struggle with the shame of my previous lack of effectiveness, and have to remind myself that I am, and always have been, exactly where God has planned for me to be. And also that all sins are forgiven by the white washing of Jesus blood. A major current component of ineffectiveness for me, is a daily (hourly??) struggle thinking I am still not doing enough. I feel now like someone who has only recognized they have a problem but has yet to correct it fully enough. Now, when I say “fully enough,” I know with certainty the amount of my witnessing has zero bearing on my salvation. And I also know full well it is not MY efforts that bring anyone to Jesus, but the Spirit through me as a vessel. However, I work a demanding full time job that leaves me mentally exhausted at the end of the day. My job, along with the demands of every day life, leave me very little time left to spread the Gospel to others. It eats at me HOURLY and I feel I am choosing my livelihood over getting others to Jesus. I just want so badly to serve Christ in as significant and all encompassing way as I possibly can while still on this earth. To me, the only way I could ever be doing enough is to quit my job and go full time Jesus!!! I want to be in the Spirit ALL THE TIME and between 8-5 I have to be entirely focused on things of this world. But then I struggle with how to fund that sort of change! It is a CONSTANT NUCLEAR WAR in my mind. Like I am being ripped apart. To completely change my life trajectory and make my entire focus serving God. I am not sure how I could do this, or how to fund this, or what kind of witnessing I could be doing instead. SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED. It is the most intense internal struggle I have ever faced and I feel like I am constantly letting Jesus down by not executing on making the change and instead going back to my job every day. This leaves me feeling like a terribly ineffective witness for His Kingdom. Matthew 6:24 and 19:21 ring in my ears constantly:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
I also completely understand the feeling like the witnessing you do has no return. When I began to realize how backslidden of a Christian I was, I immediately wanted to help my family recognize this in themselves as well. WHOA BOY was I meet with resistance. My family now hardly tolerates or acknowledges me at best, for the most part dismisses or ignores me, and at worst they are downright cruel about my newfound joy and zeal for the Lord. This is all coming from a family of lifelong Christians (all of whom I previously would have called “the real deal!!” Note: I would have previously called myself “the real deal” too!! And I am here to say I WAS NOT, so I do understand a degree of their animosity towards me). I truly just want to share the excitement for Jesus that I have with them, and for us to encourage one another with a shared zeal and joy, but they have negative interest in this. Not only that, but one family member has actually called my zeal “aggression” and informed me I am “everything wrong with modern day Christianity.” Another family member agrees, and it has destroyed both relationships to the point that both refuse to discuss anything to do with religion with me, and really don’t want to speak with me, period, and have said as such. There is, accordingly, a great rift in our entire family dynamic and there is an obvious vibe that everyone wishes I would just shut up already and “go back to normal”. I actually feel sometimes like I have had the effect of turning them away from Jesus (one of them has hinted as such). This is soul crushing, and I second guess everything now and don’t know how to witness effectively to them. And it also makes me weary of witnessing to others and somehow pushing someone away from Jesus. I’m afraid to say anything to my family now because I really don’t know the right way to proceed. But I also have the fear of the Lord and worrying I haven’t done the right things or the right way to lead them closer to Jesus. It is so hard to remember that I can only tell them how wonderful the living water is, but can’t force them drink it. And I also NEVER want to judge them or their heart, so then I struggle too thinking maybe I have it wrong in some capacity. The mental anguish of this takes a significant toll.
When it comes to witnessing to strangers, this is where I feel most ineffective. I am a very introverted person and even to start an ordinary conversation with a stranger is something I never, ever, ever, ever do. To strike up a conversation with someone and then discuss the Gospel is almost insurmountable for me. So I feel ashamed and very ineffective on this level too. I have been witnessing by leaving out Bibles and tracts with cash tips for delivery people. Many, if not most, people take the Bible with the tip. This is very encouraging when I feel I am failing in other areas to effectively witness, as someone who is almost 100% introverted. I even left a Bible and note out for a FedEx pick up recently (no cash tip with this one!), and the driver took the Bible and left a thank you note in return. These are the moments I live for now. When God’s Word is shared effectively in some capacity even if I don’t have the courage to speak to the individual. I can get the Word to people, in its most pure and unadulterated form of the Bible, and the Holy Spirit will take it from there! My heart sings for joy with each Bible taken, and I know the angels are rejoicing with me in heaven!!!
These are some of my “ineffectiveness” struggles. I am so thankful my salvation has NOTHING to do with my effectiveness. I have to remind myself of that constantly or I start to get very down and hard on myself. I also need to daily remind myself that watering the seeds I do plant IS NOT my responsibility and the Holy Spirit takes over for that part of the job. I rest on these two points at the end of the day even though I am often heart broken by all of the above “ineffectiveness”.
Now onto the GOOD!!! Some suggestions for witnessing!
Could you get stickers or magnets printed with that URL and stick them places? What about a decal for your vehicle? There are many options for this on Etsy and I can recommend the woman I used for the decal I printed for my car. I saw something similar to this a few months back on a street light pole. Someone had stuck a sticker on it with a “know Jesus” type of url. If you would like any assistance with this please PM me, I’ll gladly help.
My most recent witnessing strategy has been sticking Bibles in the Little Free Libraries along with a Gospel tract stuck into the book of John. This I can certainly do as an introvert!! You can buy bulk Bibles online for a few dollars a piece and printing tracts is also very cost effective. There are hundreds of these Little Free Libraries in the state I live in. You could print a tract with your URL and stick it in Bibles and distribute them! Whether in the little libraries or wherever else you can think of! If anyone has suggestions for where or how to share free Bibles with people please share!!
Another idea I have thought of, but haven’t had the guts to pull the trigger yet (insert more feelings of ineffectiveness…). Have you ever heard of email services where you can queue up an email to send in the future? I believe even gmail has this functionality built in. I have been contemplating writing an email with Rapture information to LITERALLY every single email address I can find anywhere and everywhere. Friends, family, customer service email addresses, businesses, restaurants, etc. etc. for any and every single email address I can find online. Think THOUSANDS of recipients. This email would have information exactly like your link. The idea would be to set it a week or so out and then every week reset the timeframe another week into the future. The idea being, when I disappear in the Rapture, I won’t be here to reset the timeframe and the email will go ahead and send as scheduled. The trouble would come if I forgot (I have a terrible memory) or somehow missed updating and resetting the scheduled send time. LOL. My fear (more feelings of ineffectiveness welling up) is I would send a Rapture email out to everyone I know, and thousands of others, saying how I and millions of others have disappeared when it hasn’t happened yet!!! I suppose it wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen, because those people would still receive the info they may need in the future. It would just be a good deal embarrassing on my part, perhaps tarnish the credibility of the message, and this really would be a message where the timing component is critical. It has much greater effect if it’s received alongside the actual disappearance of millions and wouldn’t end up in someone’s trash as something irrelevant and bizarre due to incorrect timing. But it’s an idea for those who have the courage and confidence to continually reschedule something like that on a weekly basis. Perhaps I will get the guts soon if that is the Lord’s plan!!
I greatly thank you, in the Spirit, for taking the time to compile and share all of this information because I cherish your efforts and the content you have created and will definitely be using it to curate any Rapture content I share.
Lastly, here is a site I found that has clear, simple, and thorough information for those left behind. The site even has a reference to JD Farag! I came across this site through no association to Pastor Farag and to notice the reference to JD on the navigation was awesome and made me feel I was on the right track.
May God richly bless all our witnessing efforts, as only He can and entirely for His own glory and purposes, dearest brother or sister in Christ. Your post has been a great encouragement and inspiration to me, and I hope I can do the same for you and others.
Love In Christ,