“1-2-3 Pray After Me” has become a cliche’ that is often used to describe soul winners who rush through the plan of salvation just to get someone to pray a set of words for the purpose of counting them. “1-2-3 Pray After Me” is not the proper way to get the Gospel to a lost and dying world. The end of the Gospel is not a person saying a prayer. Trusting a set of words has never brought about the new birth. The end of the Gospel is leading a person to a realization that they must put their total trust in Jesus Christ, and what He did for them, for their salvation. Where we must have an urgency to get the Gospel to the world, we must also have an a concern that people understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How much time we take is only dependent upon the condition of the lost person listening. There are some that God has already been convicting about their need and others who need to be led by the hand and walked through the Scriptures. Either way, it is the condition of the ground that makes the new birth possible.
Let me encourage every Christian to be active in telling people about Jesus. However, be mindful that when someone does let you talk to them, you have a responsibility to make sure they understand the Gospel and what it takes to trust Jesus as their Saviour.
I am excited about the Gospel and the opportunities afforded me to tell people about Jesus Christ. When someone does stop and listen, I must take the time to explain. Let’s not sprint down the Romans Road, but stroll down the Romans Road stopping to explain each and every verse.
May the Lord bless you as you witness.