God’s Little Messengers

February 24, 2016

                     God’s Little Messengers

By “little messengers” we mean gospel tracts. They are little gospel messengers in paper format.  It is an economical and effective way to share the message of salvation.

They serve as a reminder to people that, if they haven’t trusted in Christ for the salvation of their soul, they need to do so.  Altogether too many in this world are of the opinion that they don’t have anything to worry about because they have lived a fairly decent life and God ought to be satisfied with that.  Some churches even give them reason to have that false assurance.  They desperately need to know that entrance to heaven depends on whether they have accepted Christ’s sacrifice for them.  We don’t go to heaven on our own merits.  Titus 3:5 makes that very clear.  “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” We find the same truth also in Ephesians 2:8-9.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The gospel message is both negative and positive.  The bad news is, “I’m sorry my friend, but you aren’t good enough to go to heaven.” That’s what God’s word plainly tells us in Romans 3:23.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10-12 goes on to say, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:   There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” People must realize they are lost before they can be saved.  The eternal destiny of their soul is at stake.  It is serious.  If our presentation of the negative message is too direct it may turn people off.  People don’t like to be told that they are sinners under God’s condemnation.  That is what God’s Word says, however, and a good tract will share the message in the least offensive way.

The positive message is that Christ has paid the price for us. We find that glorious message in Romans 5:8-10.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” There are many ways of presenting that message.

The positive message regarding salvation should be presented to show how important and necessary it is. It is for our well-being both now and for all eternity.  It should include Scripture references to show that it is required of God.  The steps that need to be taken should be clearly explained so people will know what they need to do.  The need of repentance and a decision from the heart should be explained.

For these reasons, you need to be careful in your selection of tracts to pass out. Do they convey the message you want to give to those who read them?  It may be impossible to find tracts that meet all the requirements.  Some tracts have been printed on cheap paper.  It is more economical, but they may not be as readily received.  Millions of some tracts have been printed and distributed.  Some have been printed in various languages and used in other parts of the world.

We should use discretion as to where we pass out tracts. Store owners may not appreciate it if you pass them out in their place of business.  Sometimes it can be done in restaurants on a limited scale.  Perhaps you could give them to those seated close to you, but don’t go to all the tables where people are seated.  It is always appropriate to give one to the person at the cash register.  A tract can also be left after a meal at the table with a tip for the waiter.

Some Christians get discouraged when they pass out tracts because they see people throw them on the sidewalk without reading them. It is even more offensive when someone tears one up in little pieces and throws it to the wind.  Be that as it may, there are always those that are read.  Some find their way to the recipient’s pocket and are read when they get home.

We seldom see results from the tracts we pass out. We seldom hear of someone who was saved by reading a tract.  We shouldn’t let that discourage us.  They do serve to remind people of the way of salvation and their need of accepting Christ’s sacrifice for their own.

God’s little messengers don’t have hands and feet. They need the help of your hands and feet to get themselves into the hands of those who need to receive their message.  Passing out tracts is something almost anyone can do.  Even children, under adult supervision, can do it.  Sometimes those who receive a tract from us will ask a question.  That gives us an opportunity to engage them in a spiritual conversation and share the gospel with them.  Women often keep some of God’s little messengers in their purse to give to people they meet along the way.

At times we can pass out 100 or more tracts in a few minutes when we find people waiting in line. They are more apt to be read when people have free time.  Tracts should always have the name, address, and time of services of your church stamped on them.  Thus those who read them can find spiritual help if they want to.

In Psalm 68:11 we read, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Even greater should be the company of those who distribute it.  Are you one of them?  If not, take a handful of God’s little messengers, and pray that God will guide you as to who you should give them to.  Then pray that they will be used of God to speak to the hearts of those who received them.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

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