by Jim Faughn
DRL Note: A few years ago I came across this article from my friend, Jim Faughn. In it, he helps us to think about the value of some pretty important evangelism helpers. He personalizes the tract in an interesting way here. Please read and think about how you might take advantage of opportunities to spread the saving message by means of tracts. Our friends at Truth for the World, have 72 FREE Tracts that can be downloaded in a ZIP file from this page. They also have many tracts that can be read online.
I Am A Tract
Somebody spent some time and effort in writing me. My author thought that the soul of one individual is worth more than the entire world (cf., Matthew 16:26). The author also believed that the written word is still an effective means of communication.
Because of these beliefs, a considerable amount of time was spent addressing a subject which was intended to lead people to the Lord and His church and/or help them in their service to Him. As the thoughts were put on paper, facts were checked, extensive effort was made to make sure there was proper use of the scriptures, and every effort was made to teach only the subject addressed.
A printer went to work on me. An effort was made during this phase of my development to make me as attractive as possible and to make sure that the words produced were exactly the words of the author. Just as the author wanted to give people something of value to read, the printer wanted to encourage people to read me.
Somebody in a local church made the decision to make me available for people to read. Apparently they thought I was interesting, informative, and/or helpful. They must have believed that I had all kinds of potential.
They knew that I could be picked up in the lobby of the church building and read by those who visited; I could be handed out as people went from door to door to encourage people to study their Bibles; I could be taken to various waiting rooms in the community and could be left in a hospital room by somebody making a visit. The possibilities for good are almost endless. I may be the tool that delivers the most “bang for the buck” for those who really are interested in teaching the lost and/or strengthening their brothers and sisters.
Unfortunately, I am doing nobody any good right now. I am sitting with all of my friends in a tract rack at the church building. I’ve been here for months. I’m getting tired of seeing the same walls day after day. I cannot begin to tell you how many of the same people walk by me week after week without ever looking my way. Apparently, they are unaware of my potential or of their duty to fulfill the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Have you ever thought about the fact that somebody may spend eternity in heaven just because you and I worked together? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Have you ever thought about how great it would be to listen to somebody tell how they became a Christian and realized that a big part of their spiritual journey involved our combined effort?
Will you put me to work, please? Will you do it this week?