APPLES OF GOLD

Proverbs 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”  NKJV

Recently, an older gentleman approached me as I was sitting in a restaurant.  It was not the first time that this man had come up to speak to us.  He may have forgotten the previous times that he had approached us.  He wanted to tell us a Bible story; the one about Abraham going to the mountain to sacrifice Isaac.  Even though we assured him that we knew the story; he persisted in relating the story in a trembling voice. He did an adequate job in telling the story.  I admired his persistence even after we had told him that we were Christians.

This man perseveres in his witnessing, even when it is not appreciated.  Our daughter later told us that she had been a listener to his storytelling while she was shopping in a craft store.  The employees came to her to ask if the gentleman was annoying her.  She said “no”, he is not. Often, the old man is not welcomed and probably has experienced rejection and perhaps persecution.

This gentleman is not my vision of an ideal witness.  However, I am impressed, not by his technique; but by his habitual effort and persistence.  He loves to tell the old stories of the Bible.

Bill Fey, in his book: “Share Jesus Without Fear” and Mark Cahill, author of “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven” give specific proven ideas about witnessing.  These formulas help each of us to be more effective in our efforts.  Learning these methods of witnessing can help us to be careful to speak the word so fitly that it is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

 

     I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY OF UNSEEN THINGS ABOVE,

      OF JESUS AND HIS GLORY, OF JESUS AND HIS LOVE;

     I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY BECAUSE I KNOW TIS TRUE,

     IT SATISFIES MY LONGINGS AS NOTHING ELSE CAN DO.

     I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY! ‘TWILL BE MY THEME IN GLORY

     TO TELL THE OLD, OLD STORY OF JESUS AND HIS LOVE.