Let me express my friendly and conversational tone.
I sincerely want you to know that I can’t convert you…and – I won’t try.
I visited the site of a blogger friend. I enjoy her blog. She enjoys connecting with like-minded people. Yet, she and I are not like-minded.
I am a Christian. She is not.
I’m okay with that.
She expresses on her blog that she’s not “into” converting anyone into her ways of living or thinking. I do believe many respect that.
Interestingly, people fear that Christians will try to convert them, or force their ways of thinking upon them.
I’m dedicated to a mission of planting God’s seed of hope. I take God’s word seriously when it says, “Go and make disciples…” in the book of Matthew (chapter 28, verse 19).
However, the word disciple is derived from discipline.
In order to make a disciple, there must be discipline. And, I can not enforce discipline upon anyone. I can share views, scripture, encouragement… but a true convert is one who accepts responsibility to engage in discipline. So, I will enjoy my passion. I will enjoy my mission to love and know God in life. If you are my friend, you will allow me to share those passions with you… even if we disagree. I will respectfully do the same for you. I believe people can cordially agree to disagree and still respectfully engage.
How can someone become a disciple unless they welcome discipline?
As with ALL choices in life – choices can’t be forced; everyone has free will.
People choose to exercise (OR NOT), to make wise food choices (OR NOT), to engage in healthy relationships (OR NOT).
In traumatic situation of abuse, and persecution – good humanitarians need to expose the damage and seek change when people are not granted fair choice or freedom.
Not penalize for Choice.
CHANGE or CONVERSION will not really happen unless a person chooses to change.
You get the picture.
The short of it all … is that I’m FULLY AWARE that I can not convert you.
In all honesty, YOUR choice is between you and God alone.
I still love you.
When I view myself as a gardener, I can plant seeds – but I won’t change the seed. If the seed is meant to grow in Christ, it will do so organically and authentically.
My mission is to plant good seeds.
It is the work of God (the Father), Jesus (the Son), and the Holy Spirit to do the work of changing hearts.
for those that want to have heart change.
God converts willing hearts.
John 8:31 “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.”
Mathew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com