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I am generally quiet around contented unbelievers. It is my habit to witness to hurting Christians and uncontented unbelievers by writing something that can be read more than once, and making that writing available to a large group of people. God is fully capable of ensuring my writings get into the hands of those He chooses, even those who are not presently seeking Him.

Many Christians go and seek contented unbelievers with whom to share the Gospel, but I do not. I believe that only a starving man will eat what he normally wouldn't eat. I think it is a waste of time to tell satisfied people about Christ. It is better to tell those who are hurting and disenfranchised that serving Christ is the only real solution to their problem. They are more motivated to listen and hear that Christ is their life's solution, while enduring their painful or impoverished condition.

Besides, I don't think Christ's idea of making disciples was ever intended to be equivalent to hawking wares. Christians have no mandate to sell the benefits of Christ, as is often done today. Rather, our mission is to live obediently as a peculiar people, showing Biblical love to all men, living sacrificially daily, recounting to unbelievers the blessings or punishments given us by our Father, having a ready answer to explain our faith. From this posture, there is no need to sell Jesus Christ. From this posture, our mission is to declare what God has done for us individually, and to explain what He has promised to do for those who obey and serve Him.

Jesus did not go around trying to market the Gospel. He demonstrated the power of God by doing something extraordinary or supernatural. Then having the attention of the people, He taught them. He never tried to teach a man who did not care to listen. When confronted by religious or political leaders, He displayed more knowledge of the real meaning and intent of Scripture, not just the reciting of words.

My own experience is that Christ 'came and got me.' I did not seek Christ because someone witnessed to me. I now know that the Holy Spirit convicted me of sin, while I was in the act of sinning. Though I never felt any shame or sensed any attacks of conscience during any previous act of that same sin, on that day chosen by God, I could no longer engage in that sin without great pangs of conscienceness, until I quit practicing that sin. Since I was not looking for Christ, and since He came and got me anyway, it is most likely because many people were praying for me. Thus, I think prayer is a more effective tool to use on behalf a contented man who thinks he has no need for God.

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