No one is EVER a lost cause, so be sure that if one person is going to witness to someone, that that person will be you!
No one is EVER a lost cause, no matter their past! God’s blood redeemed us all—if we would only choose to live for Him! God loves each and everyone of us, despite our sinful ways. He does not condone sin of course, so we need to repent, every time that we commit anything that is immoral.
So, whenever we come across someone . . . anyone—we should try to plant a seed. A friendly smile; a greeting; an encouraging word; an invitation to church . . . We may be the only mediator that they ever come in contact with, in regards to God’s plan for their lives.
Nobody’s a Lost Cause
I’ve learned that God is the one who changes people, not me.
One day, while I was still in middle school, I passed this church on my way to a local park. There was a bunch of kids standing in the church’s lawn, and one of them looked my way and shouted, “Hi, my name’s Amanda. What’s your name?” I stopped, introduced myself and started talking to Amanda and her friends.
For me, that was the beginning of my journey to faith in Christ. It was also my first lesson in evangelism. As simple as it sounds, I’ve come to believe that a friendly smile and kind hello can show people God’s love—and even help them start on their own journey to God.
Amanda’s hello also taught me to never “judge a book by its cover.” By the way, I looked, and by the people I hung out with, some Christians might have thought I was a lost cause. But Amanda didn’t let my tough appearance get in the way. Her friendliness that day made me stop and talk to her. It also caused me to start coming to her church. Amanda accepted me and believed that I could come into a relationship with God. Her caring attitude that day helps me see how important it is to keep reaching out to my old friends. They need to come to Christ—just like I did.
When I first started witnessing to my old friends, they rolled their eyes, called me a Jesus freak, and pretty much pushed me out of their lives. But not everybody acted that way. Some of my friends seemed to put up with all my talk about God and church. A few friends even seemed interested in finding out about my changed life. Angela* is one of those friends.
Not long after I committed my life to Christ, I went up to Angela and just blurted out, “Dude, you should come to youth group with me! It’s cool, not boring, and you can learn about Jesus!”
Probably wasn’t the best approach. But it worked.
Angela said, “Yeah, I’ll try it.”
And she did. She even had a chance to meet and talk to our youth leaders, John and Heidi. She started coming regularly, too, and eventually made the decision to accept Christ as her Savior. This really made me happy, because Angela had a lot of struggles. She partied quite a bit. And she also would get down and depressed and then cut herself. But Christ has really changed her life and she no longer cuts or parties with her old friends. I’m so glad I told Angela about my youth group and about Jesus. Seeing her life change showed me that God could use me to help my hurting friends.
I guess I’ve also learned that God is the one who changes people, not me. There’s this part of the Bible that says a lot to me about telling my friends about God. It’s in Matthew 13. Jesus tells a story about sowing seeds. He says that those seeds sometimes fall on bad ground and die away. Other times, the seeds fall on good ground and grow. The seed is like the Word of God and sometimes people allow it to come in and change their lives. Other times, they end up rejecting it. As a Christian, I need to be out there planting seeds as much as I can. I know some people will reject what I say. But that doesn’t matter. I need to keep planting seeds, because who knows how God will use those seeds I plant?
Matthew 13:1-30 (KJV)
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Article: Christianity Today