Pray that the saints would make a definite plan with a schedule of their time to personally contact people every week for fruit-bearing (John 1:40-46; Hymns, #922).
John 1:40-46 — One of the two who heard this from John and followed Him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which translated means Christ). He led him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, Peter). The next day He wanted to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth. And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good be from Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.
Hymns, #922: To the lost world minister Christ, Not just by word, but by life, Imparting Christ by living deeds To the poor souls living in strife.
To the lost world minister Christ, By daily walk making Him known; Imparting Christ by whom you live, Share with all men what you own.
To the lost world minister Christ, The precious One you possess, Imparting Christ to those you love As all their gain and success.
To the lost world minister Christ, The very Christ you enjoy, Imparting Christ to all your friends As all their boast and their joy.
To the lost world minister Christ, Who is your life and your all, Imparting Christ to all you meet, All fallen ones, great or small.
You yourself do this one thing. Practice personally contacting people every week. Contact them individually. You can contact your relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, etc. You need to plan and schedule your time so that you contact two or three individuals every week. You should pray, “Lord, I do not want to contact them in a natural way. I do not want to have natural talk when I meet with them. Lord, show me the vital way, the living way, to bring them to You.” If you pray such a prayer, the Lord will show you. Today there is the need of some faithful doers in the practice of fruit-bearing.
We need to practice contacting people. We may contact someone without any success or result. Then we can go to the Lord to repent and open to Him for His adjustment. He will impress us to go back to them in a certain way. When we follow the Lord to contact people according to His way, they will be saved. As we go out to contact people one by one, we will find out the proper way from the Lord. We will also find out the right persons to visit. We will learn not to waste our time. We have found that just to knock on doors in a general way can be a waste of time. We must look to the Lord to get a proper candidate for our labor. Then we need to work on him in a proper way. This is the successful way to labor in the gospel. The ones on whom we labor should be those with whom we are acquainted, either directly or indirectly. In this way the time we spend will be worthwhile. (CWWL, 1989, vol. 4, “Elders’ Training, Book 10: The Eldership and the God-ordained Way (2),” ch. 9, p. 457)
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