Prospects: When You Should Do It 
By Rob Whitacre

Timing is everything! Every spouse, parent/child, employee/employer, teacher/student has used “timing” when determining when to do or talk about something important.

These window-of-life moments are determinative factors in accepting or rejecting the Truth. Not everyone should be prospected right now, but everyone can be prospected at some time. “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole do not need the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

Jesus approached a woman who had been isolated (John 4), an adulterous woman (John 8), a dying thief (Luke 23), a despised tax collector (Luke 19), a crippled beggar (John 5), a leper (Mark 1), and the poor (Luke 14). Jesus was willing to spend time with those that others rejected. He did not force Himself on them. He waited for the right time to sincerely and genuinely express concern for their well-being. He used their circumstances to relate. He was the Master of evangelism, and we would do well to walk in His footsteps.

It would be best not to prospect everyone on your contact list simultaneously. You should evaluate each contact regarding individual circumstances in life and approach the needy, vulnerable, and reachable. The HTHSOE contact bookmark contains examples of those who may be approachable. Think about each contact and consider when you should begin the prospecting step. You can always pray for the lost, but be strategic in the timing of your approach.

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