Have you ever been bowling? If you have then you know that it can be challenging. Trying to roll the ball perfectly and keep it from running off into the gutter, feels impossible! There is a technique of foot placement, aim, walk up, and release, that all have to be perfectly performed to knock down all the pins. If these elements aren’t in place, the likelihood of bowling a strike is drastically reduced, and if you can’t bowl a strike, you probably won’t win the game. Fortunately, the laughter, and the camaraderie make the game worth playing, unless you get your feelings hurt easily. It can be compared to sharing the gospel. The person you’re sharing with will probably not accept Jesus if all the elements are not lined up, which are put in place by the Holy Spirit. However, you may be one of the elements needed so that when the time is right, and the ball is perfectly released, that last person in the chain will bowl a strike, and a new Christ follower becomes part of the Kingdom of God, then, all the heavenly beings shout for joy, just like we do when someone makes a strike!
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19
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