Mark 9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
Frustration, I get it. We do our best to communicate the realities of perdition. How horrible hell will be—and it gets blown off by people who most need the lifesaver.
Frustration, we all get it. Sadly, many still fall into the abyss no matter what we do. Friends, loved ones, they just don’t choose to listen. As in the proverbial horse and water dilemma, they won’t drink the water.
When we communicate, what is the real issue? We have all the information. We can tell them what the Bible says and relay the many bits of information that are available.
However, there are at least three forces at work:
Are we using all the information we can and what is our presentation like? (The baker can choose how the store smells and how the display looks). We want to have the right spirit.
Number two, are we showing up with permission, at the right moment? If it’s not the right time it won’t be the right moment. And only God knows those times, and as Jesus told his disciples:
“Mark 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Are we spending enough time centering ourselves in fasting and prayer?
And perhaps number three is the most important: Is there a path to emotional connection and trust?
If you’re trying to push and or shove someone into the Kingdom of Heaven there probably is a breakdown in one or more of these areas.
33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.