The Importance of Tracts

Handing out tracts (or putting them in mail boxes) is a form of sowing.

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
- Mark 4:26-27 (KJV)

One person sows, the other reaps. They aren't always the same person.

And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
- John 4:37 (KJV)

I've had so many discussions with people about tracts, it's just not funny anymore. Do they work? Is it worth it? Well, I certainly think so. The things God can do with a tract in a home are just amazing. Check out these testimonies.

Here's what Ellen White says:

More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.
- Ellen White, Evangelism, p. 693

And what are these publications?

Let every Seventh-day Adventist ask himself, "What can I do to proclaim the third angel's message?" Christ came to this world to give this message to His servant to give to the churches. It is to be proclaimed to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. How are we to give it? The distribution of our literature is one means by which the message is to be proclaimed. Let every believer scatter broadcast tracts and leaflets and books containing the message for this time. Colporteurs are needed who will go forth to circulate our publications everywhere.
- Ellen White, The Southern Watchman, January 5, 1904

Like the autumn leaves.

At this writing nearly twenty thousand colporteurs are in service throughout the world, but this number is far from adequate to meet the need. God calls for message-filled books, magazines, and tracts to be scattered everywhere like the leaves of autumn. As church members unite with literature evangelists in spreading the good news, the task will be accomplished.
- Ellen White, The Publishing Ministry, p. 5.2

Tracts (and small books) are now so inexpensive, that I believe we should scatter them everywhere like the autumn leaves.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
- 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)

It's such an awesome thing to grab a whole bunch of tracts, and scatter them everywhere in the neighborhood.

God often uses the simplest means to accomplish the greatest results.
- Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 822

Could it be that simple? Will God use tracts to proclaim the third angel's message? You better believe it.

The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.
- Ellen White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 300

So we're looking at something like this:

  • Third angel's message (tracts)
  • Latter Rain
  • Loud Cry
  • Close of Probation

God obviously uses more than just tracts for the Loud Cry of course, but tracts will definitely play a very important role in all of this.

The night of trial is nearly spent. Satan is bringing in his masterly power because he knoweth that his time is short. The chastisement of God is upon the world to call all who know the truth to hide in the cleft of the Rock and view the glory of God. The truth must not be muffled now. Plain statements must be made. Unvarnished truth must be spoken, in leaflets and pamphlets, and these must be scattered like the leaves of autumn.
- Ellen White, Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 230.4

It feels good to do something for the kingdom.

So get started today!!