Consider the slapstick comedy of Wily E. Coyote, and how he’s always chasing the Road Runner. With large batches of TNT and mallets, he’s sure that one day he’ll actually catch the Road Runner. But we see in episode after episode that his big tools never actually produce the result he wants. The Road Runner outsmarts him every time. It’s easy to think of evangelism and mission as “big tools” we hope will work out, like a mallet to smash the Road Runner. So we’re always looking for ways to bring the hammer down. But when we are working in our small ways to evangelize, it’s actually many small things that make a difference— small conversations, questions, and presence. The power doesn’t come from us or our tools but by the Holy Spirit.
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