Yes Mr. Chesterton: evangelistic ministry is a ministry of inconvenience. As unspiritual as it might sound man often replies to the Holy Spirit when he’s convicted to take evangelistic action, “You want me to do what?” “When?”
Have you ever entered into that realm of thought when you begin to excuse yourself from this conviction? “I’ve got work to do, friends to visit, games to attend, blog posts to read and Twitter to follow.”
You see this same type of response in Luke 14 when men are invited to the King’s feast: Luke 14:16-20: 16 But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ 19 Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ 20 Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’
Excuse making is not a contemporary phenomena. Nor is it acceptable to the Lord. It is a response from the ‘old man’ who hates God when he is convicted by God to take action. You must realize that these types or responses are not righteous responses, repent of this response and take the action the Lord wants you to take.
The Good News is that the result of this repentance is knowing God more deeply and experiencing the abundant life Jesus speaks about in the Gospel of John. Next time the Holy Spirit convicts you to take action remember to immediately respond yes even if your ‘old man’ fights you and do what the Holy Spirit is telling you to do. On the other side is a more intimate relationship with the Lord.