persoOthniel's Story

We asked Othniel to share his story of the challenges and opportunities he faces when he shares his faith.

We asked Othniel to share his story of the challenges and opportunities he faces when he shares his faith.

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For me the great commission is
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saying yes, not making excuses,
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not saying tomorrow, maybe when the
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situation is comfortable. Because when we
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say nothing, we're actually saying no.
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My name is Othniel, and this is my story.
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You know, rejection is such a difficult
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thing to deal with sometimes because,
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everyone wants to be liked, everyone wants
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to be accepted in some way, shape or form.
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And then when you want to speak
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about Jesus Christ - that's now an extra
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reason for people to reject you.
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For example, when we went on mission,
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we went to Liverpool to speak to people
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and you're giving out flyers and I gave my
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flyer to a particular person and he said:
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"what is this?" and then as I was about to
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say it, he turns around and says:
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"I don't care, you're probably going to
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talk rubbish to me".
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So he took the flyer but he threw it
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on the floor and then he went on his way.
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But I think one thing it taught me,
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is they're not rejecting you,
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they're rejecting Christ.
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One of the things I've actually found
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with evangelism which has really been
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successful, is when you evangelise at work.
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When I go to work I ask, ok God give me
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an opportunity to share and there is
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always opportunities.
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I'm going to one job and I'm dropping
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someone home, and I just really felt to share
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So I gave my testimony, when I gave
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my life at a university campus.
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And then after sharing that, he looked
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at me and said: "you know what Oth,
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can you pray for me?"
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And as I prayed for him, I felt God just
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downloading stuff to me - stuff to do
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with his home and stuff to do with his wife.
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As I was praying, he started
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to cry in front of me. And I thought
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God what is going on? But I said, you know,
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I'm going to carry on and we just carry on
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pressing in and praying. After we stopped
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he looked at me, and was like I can see,
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it's all clear now. I don't feel this
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darkness over me.
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The success story isn't whether someone
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says yes to Christ or someone says no.
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It's when you say yes, I think that's so
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important when we think about evangelism.
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Understanding that when God is calling you
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it won't be in your comfort,
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it won't be in your timing, it will not
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be when your prepared.
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Cos that's exactly where he wants to
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stretch your faith, when your not ready.
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When your not looking for it.
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Never think there will be a perfect time,
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there is never the perfect time.
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There is just time, and that's what Christ
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has given us right now.
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He's given us time,
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he's given us a commandment,
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he's given us the great commission
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and he's just waiting for us to say yes.