Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”
A sobering truth from Scripture tells us that human beings do not convert a sinner from darkness to light, this is solely done by God. God says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”, however some believe they have the power to do this by rituals or by brute force which has led to a myriad of false conversions and disappointments.
1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”
Paul explains our place in God’s field, we are planters and waterers of the seed for growth, however we do not convert or give the growth. If you do not understand this or thumb your nose at this, it can become mighty frustrating when a sinner you witness to flat out seemingly rejects you. You must submit to the power of God that the seed you planted or watered by the Gospel will give growth IF God so wills. If it is not His will, there will be no conversion.
We may do this with our personal loved ones, we plant and plant more seeds, we over-water because we really want the conversion, but what we are actually telling God is we don’t trust in Him to do so. You need to walk away from the planting and watering and then let God if He so wills to give the growth, to convert the sinner. Trust in the power of the Gospel!
Jesus said in Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” He said this for a reason, because it is truth! If you continue to distrust the Gospel by continually giving it to someone who keeps on rejecting it, don’t expect a happy outcome. Sometimes it can turn into violent reactions from someone you never expected to do so.
Remember the Gospel is a sword, it isn’t puppy dogs and roses and ice cream to a rebellious sinner. It cuts to the heart, because it asks the rebel sinner to submit to the Almighty God, to repent of their sins. Roman Catholics for example reject the Gospel for their worldly religion, the Gospel is hard on their ears because it shows light on the darkness of their idolatry and blasphemy.
Be content in your duty for the King as a planter or a waterer and always make sure you are not overstepping God’s bounds as the growth giver.