Unmet expectations can be discouraging. Whether it is a raise at work that never came through, or a disappointment in a personal relationship, these unexpected results can rob us of our passion. This is especially true when it comes to soulwinning. One of the primary hindrances of soulwinning is discouragement because of a lack of apparent results.
When a Christian first goes soulwinning, it can be exciting just to pass out invitations in his community. After a few weeks of seemingly no results, he can become discouraged. He may begin to think, “I’ll go, but nothing is going to happen.” With this mindset, he is probably right. We must be faith-filled, believing God will use us every time we go out.
Every door is a new opportunity. During times when it seems like nothing is happening, we must remember the blessing of why we share the Gospel. Here are a few thoughts to rejoice in every time you attempt to share Christ:
You have the confirmation that you have been obedient to God’s command. One of the greatest blessings as a Christian comes from knowing you are fulfilling God’s will in your life, and God’s will for every believer is to share the Gospel. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations….”
It is a thrill knowing He is using you. No one wants to feel useless. Every one wants to know that his life is valuable. God promises that His Word will not return void. Every time you share His Word, whether you visibly see the results or not, you can rest assured that God will use your labor!
You have the fulfillment of achieving one of your life’s purposes. Many people go through life searching for their purpose. As Christians, we have the joy of knowing our purpose, and it is found in John 20:21 when Jesus said, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
You have the joy of participating in eternal life-change. The Gospel changes lives—whether or not we see the immediate fruit. Salvation is not just a ticket to Heaven, but it is a new life in Jesus Christ. What a great blessing to have a small part in spreading the life-changing news of Christ. The seed you are sowing will ultimately result in eternal transformation. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You have the delight of entering into another’s labor. It is wonderful to see God using several different people to bring someone to Him. Not everyone is saved the first time they hear the Gospel. When you tell someone of Christ, you get to be a divine touch—perhaps one of many—that God will use to open that heart. “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase”
(1 Corinthians 3:7).