Remember that evangelism is a PROCESS. People don’t normally respond positively to the gospel the first time they hear it. Sometimes it is multiple times over weeks, months or years. There are times when people like Paul get knocked off a horse and immediately respond but normally it takes time for people to process the message. Normally, it takes longer than that.
Scripture uses an agricultural analogy at least 70 times. For instance…
1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
Luke 10:2: And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
John 4:35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
There are several major steps in farming
1. Preparing the Soil
2. Planting the Seed
3. Cultivating the Soil
4. Reaping the Harvest
Farming takes time. No farmer expects to pick corn the day after he plants. So too, we should not be all that surprised the someone rejects the gospel the first time they hear it. The good evangelist knows that It is only “no” for now.
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