More than Purple Jars
Posted on October 25, 2018 10:00 AM by Mark Snowden
My mother’s favorite story is about a little girl who needed new shoes, but foolishly spent her money on a beautiful purple jar. One day she opened the jar and dropped it on the floor. All the purple water spilled out. She was left not only with a useless jar, but shoes that hurt her feet.
Recognize this as a parable for evangelizing opportunities. Millions are distracted by dressed-up philosophies while they hobble along, having settled for what they wanted and not what they needed.
In the Cincinnati Area, believers do not witness for Jesus in a vacuum. There are churches in many places as well as on television. Thousands of messages bombard non-Christians shaping their theology, doctrinal premises, and understanding of Christianity prior to salvation. Countering with Truth is as simple as speaking to your neighbor. A testimony from a friend or coworker can shine light on Satan’s ploys. The Holy Spirit is at work!
This past summer, I joined Sajjan Betham, a member of Newtown First, to evangelize in his neighborhood. In only one hour, two families committed to being in a Bible study at Sajjan’s home. While I was waiting for an hour at the Health
Dept., the security guard and I discussed salvation. He said that he had heard the Gospel already because he used to work at Kroger with Jerome Byrd, who now pastors Good News Baptist.
In Luke 10, Jesus sent out His disciples with a purpose to intentionally prepare people in towns to receive Jesus and His kingdom message. Trained as disciple-makers, believers in your church can join with other believers in God’s harvest. Acts 1:8 carries a promise to witnesses that they will receive power.
The important thing is to obey Jesus and prayerfully “look to the harvest fields” (John 4:35). Worldly ideas are like purple jars that fill our neighborhoods, but they fall short of God’s saving design. Engage in intentional evangelism that proclaims Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), then make disciple-makers.
--Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association