Most of the time when you think of convents, you picture sedate nuns, reciting prayers or chants in quite, peaceful surroundings. In India, a passerby might be shocked at the sounds wafting over a convent wall in Madras. They would hear deep-throated grunts that usually accompany a fight, and the whack of calloused hands splitting bricks! This convent puts its nuns through a 45 day karate class before they go out to visit and work for their church! This bizarre training began after several nuns were threatened, harassed, some even raped, murdered, and beaten when visiting in nearby villages. The oldest nun to take the course was 66!
This is no course for wimps! Nuns are also taught to counter knife attackers and throw strategic punches to their assailants. So serious are they about their training that they even form a line on the ground, face down, while a jeep rolls over their outstretched hands to toughen them!! These ladies willingly endure all this, just to journey out and fulfill what they believe is a work for the Lord! Think about it!. . . Women, many of them elderly, facing rigorous training, confronting hostile people, hazarding dangerous situations, and risking their lives for God, when they aren’t even leading lost people to the saving knowledge of Christ! In contrast, most of our churches cannot get a handful out each week to visitation and sometimes even church services!
Some of the excuses that are heard from Christians are: “I’m afraid to visit people! I wouldn’t know what to say! I couldn’t handle it if someone slammed a door in my face! I don’t want to make people angry! I just don’t visit! I have don’t have time! I’m too tired after working all day!” You could probably add many more excuses, maybe some of your own! Keep in mind; these are usually supplied just for being asked to invite people to church! Fewer folks even consider witnessing!
I can just see the Sunday bulletin note now:
This week the pastor will have everyone lay on the ground while he rolls over their fingers with his car. Afterwards we will each split a few bricks. We will then have prayer asking God’s protection from murder and beatings, before going on visitation. Everyone come and do a work for the Lord!
How many would show up for visitation then?! Can the number really get much less? We should be ashamed of ourselves! As saved people, Christ lives in us, and we have the Gospel to share with others that they might be spared an eternity of suffering! Someone cared enough to share it with us! If these nuns can endure such pain, and face real dangers, why can’t we go out once a week to visit and witness?!
So what if someone gets angry or shuts a door in our face?! These occurrences are rare anyway. No, we don’t need karate training. We need “heart training” in commitment, a love for lost souls, obedience to God’s Word, and a true desire to serve Christ. We need to “toughen” ourselves against worldly living, worldly thinking, selfishness, laziness, and hearts that are cold toward God.
You may say, “Well my church doesn’t have visitation.” That doesn’t let any of us off the hook. We all go to the stores, the gas station, the doctor, and multiple other places where we come in contact with people every day. Those are opportunities to share Christ and what He has done for you, and to invite others to church. Visitation isn’t limited to a church scheduled time or date. It should be a part of our daily lives!
If you’re saved, you’re not too young (teens this includes you), nor too old to fulfill your responsibility to reach the lost for Christ and invite others to His House.
And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 15:23
We need to get onto the “highways” where the people are and get off the dirt roads. We need to get out into the “hedges” where things might be a little uncomfortable and thorny, and quit sitting among the daisies! With all the events in the news it is clear Christ’s coming is VERY near! Once He returns, those we are neglecting and could reach will not have another chance, just an eternity of torment in Hell. You notice the Lord’s words begin with an action verb, “Go”. That means it is a command from Him, not an option!
Our churches are definitely not full. Have you been neglecting visiting and witnessing? Ask God to forgive you and guide you. Ask Him to send you those searching for Him and for an answer to their life’s struggles. Ask Him to make you strongly aware of those moments so you will not pass them by. Our fears come from Satan to discourage us in obeying the Lord and delivering the lost from his clutches. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
God will give you the courage and words to say, all you must do is obey the Great Commission. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:19
Published in the Oklahoma Baptist Newspaper, August 2014


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