Personal Evangelistic Dialogue

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW READERS, or those who haven’t noticed, the past several months we’ve been running a series on “Personal Evangelist Dialogue.” By these articles, we hope to encourage you to engage in sharing Christ with your Jewish friends through such evangelistic dialogues. We’ve even offered to send you, free upon request, a booklet called Dialogue ’79 to get you on your way.

Some people, however, still think it takes a big, brave person who is thoroughly knowledgeable in the Scriptures to share Christ with their Jewish friends. A couple of months ago, we got this letter in our Jews for Jesus headquarters. It came anonymously, but I hope the good-humored message encourages others.

Dear Jews for Jesus:

I am not the evangelist that you are, by any means, but still, I do encounter many unsaved people. As this started to occur more and more frequently, I began to really care. I came across the Scriptures, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19.) I had read it before, but hadn’t as yet identified with it personally.

When I finally did, I was full of joy and enthusiasm, and I expected to be, at the very least, a mini-Billy Graham, to walk into a room and have the people line up and repent. It didn’t work out that way.

Then, being inventive, I anticipated encountering one of my sportsman friends who was a fisherman. I would grill him on the subject of fishing. I decided, then apply the principles to evangelism. No such opportunity arose.

So, eight months later, I questioned the Lord again about my problem. “Well,” He said, “first of all, you have to realize who holds the rod.” (John 6:44) “And then you need to know who gets the fish.” (John 6:37)

My mind was assimilating all of this, and my concept of fishing for men was drastically changing when I said, “Then were do I fit in??”

“You are the worm” He replied.

“The worm ?!” I said in a “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding” tone of voice.

“Yes,” He reaffirmed. “It is your job to hang in there, wiggle, and I’ll do the rest.”

Fear not, thou worm, Jacob, and ye men of Israel ; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. − Isaiah 41:14


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