Read 2 Chronicles 30
Focus on verse 10-11
It is always disappointing when an invitation is declined, but it is more than disappointing when and invitation is scorned. Despite the possibility of rejection, it is still worth the risk to issue an invitation. Hezekiah sent invitations to all of Judah and Israel encouraging the to return to Jerusalem to rededicate the Temple and renew the covenant with the Lord that their fathers had abandoned. Most of the invitations were rejected, but there where a few outside of Judah who responded. If Hezekiah had assumed that no one outside of Judah would be interested in following the Lord and had not sent the invitations, these people would have been robbed of the opportunity to return and be reconciled to God.
This is a good principle to keep in mind when sharing the good news of eternal life. There have been times when to my shame and regret, I have chosen to remain silent because I assumed that the person with whom I was speaking would not be interested in spiritual matters. In so doing I essentially made the decision for them, robbing them of the opportunity to choose whether or not to believe at that moment. Certainly the possibility exists that they would have rejected my invitation…they may even have been offended by the invitation, but I will never know if they would have accepted or not because I did not give them the opportunity.
The objection that is often quoted in defense of keeping silent is Jesus instruction to his disciples to “not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot and then turn on you”. While there may be times when it is wiser to keep silent, my desire is to develop the mindset where I would rather risk a hostile rejection than to deny a person the opportunity to accept a renewed relationship with God.