My tract ministry began in November of 2015, and yes, I’m ashamed to admit that it took me 59 years to actually become a “doer” of the Word. If I remember correctly, it was a YouTube message by Pastor J.D. Farag that caused me to finally get up and do something.
Over the course of one weekend, the reality that these really are the last days burned in my spirit, and I realized that if I was going to do anything for the Lord in this lifetime, I needed to start right then.
So began my tract ministry.
I started off with very a very simple tract that included the basic plan of salvation, but over the next few months I edited it many times until I was satisfied that it portrayed a full picture of the Gospel. I would hand out a few tracts, edit the page, then hand out a few more. This process was repeated many times until I finally settled on the current version.
From the very beginning, I realized a God-given boldness that I had never known before; a boldness to walk up to people without fearing what I should say. Even so, I’ll admit that the first few times were a little awkward. I’d hand out a tract, then turn and dodge behind the nearest vehicle. Thankfully, those initial jitters did not last long.
My inspiration to remain faithful to this ministry has come from the realization that the laborers really are so few. I’m an eye-witness to that.
After months of walking around parking lots, I have yet to run into another Christian out doing the same thing,* and it is common for people to comment that they assumed that I was a Jehovah’s Witness.
The most motivating thought is that God’s last-hour field workers (Matthew 20:1-16) will receive the same eternal reward as His life-long workers. If I understand the parable correctly, it’s doing His work and remaining in His field until the end of the day that counts; not how long we’ve been there. That’s pure, biblical motivation to do something for Jesus!
This simple tract ministry has taught me that God will not ask me to do anything that I am not capable of doing. He gave me the courage to do this job, but it’s His field, and His Word alone will accomplish His purpose.
What an honor it is to serve the Lord!
John 4:35-36 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Matthew 9:37-38 – Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
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* As of April 2018 (2 1/2 years later), this still holds true.