Nothing to do but hand out some leaflets.
For the first time someone crumpled one up and put it in the bin!
Surprised? No! Disappointed? Yes!!
Most folks take them and at least seem to wait until they get home before they decide what to do with them.
Jesus wept for people like that:
Luke 13:34 (NKJV)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
Like The Prodigal Son of old, they’d rather have a good time now than live in God’s World and Presence.
The encouraging thing is that the Prodigal came to his senses – and returned to enjoy God’s Love and Favour.
Luke 15:17–19 (NKJV)
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
I hope you know the conclusion of the story, and that you will be encouraged to turn back to God!
Take note thought of that little word ‘sin’ – it’s really gone out of fashion.
Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination. Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness. Man calls sin a chance; God call it a choice. Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease. Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity. Man calls sin fascination; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity. Man calls sin luxury; God calls it lawlessness. Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it tragedy. Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness. Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness. There is only one remedy for sin—the precious blood of Christ, which was shed for the remission of sins on Calvary’s Cross.—Author Unknown
Fashion aside, it’s the reason people treat the gospel with contempt and through away any reminders.
Unbelief is the most destructive sin known to man, but it can all change, and does in those who have the change of mind that works repentance and takes you back to confess your folly to our God and Father.
Jesus used only 504 words to tell the Parable of the Prodigal Son, judged by some to be the greatest story ever written. James Hastings
There is hope today, even for the young lady who threw the leaflet away, if she will but ‘come to her senses’, repent and return home.
Mark 1:15 (NKJV) [The words of Jesus’ first recorded sermon]
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus Christ, lived and died that Prodigals might be welcomed home.