It has been said that if you rest, you rust. For us as Christians this truly does apply. Do we really “seek first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness?” (Matthew 6:33) How, and in what ways can we do so? Must it always entail a formalized, door to door preaching effort?
A mature brother has given me some helpful counsel on this, reminding me that “cold calling” does not really work very effectively, and the facts bear this out in the statistics of Jehovah’s Witnesses in their yearly report. Yes, billions of hours are recorded. But the conversion rate between hours-spent to new-converts-acquired comes out in the thousands of hours. What does this mean? It means that to bring one new person “into the truth” and baptize them as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, it takes each publisher over 40 years of preaching on average . Does this strike anyone as an efficient way to “fully accomplish [their] ministry”? (2 Timothy 4:5) And sadly, the vast majority of these hours are spent not in actual speaking and teaching to non-religious people, but driving around in a loaded mini-van visiting with each other, then occasionally getting out and knocking on an empty house. Interspersed with this is the running of errands, and the taking of a variety of breaks for the bathroom, the post office, donuts, coffee, etc. The unscriptural practice of reporting field service time to an elder whose job is to monitor the formalized ministry of each publisher in his congregation creates a number of problems. Instead of performing “holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion” (2 Peter 3:11) out of a heartfelt desire to do so, it has become a clock-punching exercise. The announcement of names during the weekly service meeting and the emphasis on reaching certain numeric goals such as 10, 30, 50, or 70 hours per month has turned the very personal act of “letting our light shine” (Matt 5:14-16) into a mere form of Godly devotion. (2 Timothy 3:5) Hitting these numeric goals adorns the Witness with the status of “exemplary publisher”, “auxiliary pioneer”, “regular auxiliary pioneer”, and the highest of all, “regular pioneer”. We realize though that running the Christian race has only one requirement, and that is that we finish. (Matthew 24:13)
Since many of us can no longer go out “in service” and teach people things that we have learned to be false, what are we to do then? We want to “magnify our ministry” (Romans 11:13, HCSB) as Paul did. He felt so strongly about telling others about his Lord Jesus he said this:
For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an obligation is placed on me. And woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16, HCSB)
So then, we want to share what we have been learning! We want to preach and we want to have a vibrant ministry in the Lord’s work. Perhaps since we have awakened to TTATT we have studied our Bible more fervently than ever before. That was certainly the case with myself. But yet still this obligation to go “door to door”, lingers in our mind. The Witness way of thinking is that “We are the only ones preaching. We are the only ones proclaiming God’s Kingdom!” But is that really true? Are there not hundreds of thousands of missionaries and Christian groups that go out all over the earth to every nation letting their light shine as well? How did the Bible get translated into over 2,000 different languages? By people like Rochunga Pudaite,  a lovely, modern-day example of a selfless one that spent nearly his entire life in the effort to bring Bible truth to those that had no way to hear it.
Admittedly, we cannot all singlehandedly translate the Bible into an unpublished tongue. But sharing encouragement with our friends and family members is one way. Co-workers and neighbors also can become receptive ears and appreciaters of our fine works. (Matthew 5:16) Notice also what Paul brought out here:
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, ESV)
So what form might your Christian ministry take? Do you enjoy writing and deep research? You could do Bible commentary, or even start your own blog. It is very easy, free, and confidential. Go to wordpress.org and within five to ten minutes you can have your own blog, online and ready to go. And if you need any technical help just email me and I will be happy to help you- I have some experience in stumbling around in ignorance getting one started!
In line with this there is something new that I would like to mention. Perhaps it will resonate with you and the Spirit will move you to want to support it. A telephone voicemail number and pin has been setup, and it is:
(641) 715-3900 extension 480604#
The reason this was started is that there are some who do not have easy internet access, or are not able to confidentially go to a website like this without fear that they will be ostracized by family members. The phone number can be used in several ways. Someone can leave their email or phone number and request help, a prayer, or answers to their questions. It also contains a brief message that may be of some encouragement to them to listen to. If any want to advertise this number either through small classified ads in their local paper, or by means of this PDF flyer, they are welcome to do so.
We want to glorify our ministry, and through prayer and Christian activity may the Father bless our efforts to do just that. (Galatians 6:18)
Your fellow worker in Christ’s service,
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 The life story of Brother Pudaite can be found in book form as well as a full length film of his life.