Do you witness without seeing results? Don’t stop! Beside the fact that you have no control over the results, it is true that in many instances, evangelism is a process. It seems that often people do not respond to the gospel the first time they hear it. For some, it is a long journey to Christ which spans months or years. Very rarely have I seen someone receive salvation the first time I talk to them about it. For the few who have, I later learned that others had been talking with them long before I showed up. I just happened to be there at that specific moment. Evangelism is often a process, not an event.
The Bible uses agricultural metaphors to picture evangelism as an ongoing process (Jn 4:35-39). Reaping the harvest is the outcome of a lengthy process that we cannot short-cut. We don’t expect to pick corn the day after we plant the seed. There are many steps. First the soil has to be prepared. Then the seed has to be sown. A lot of watering, sunshine and weeding has to take place. Finally, we get to pick the corn. Paul puts it this way: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor (I Corinthians 3:6-9). Each of us are simply part of the process.
We are instructed to stick with it even though we may not immediately see results: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain ( I Corinthians 15:58). So just because someone rejected the gospel today, don’t give up on them. Maintain the relationship and keep on preaching the gospel.
You will never know the impact of your evangelism until you get to heaven. That kind of faith pleases God.
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