By: Ray Comfort
Weekly Email Update
Aug. 11, 2008
“I’ve been out on the street witnessing for about three years now, one-on-one, and I can’t say confidently that I have seen anyone ‘saved.’ I’ve seen so many cry and do all that, but none of them have ever called me or written about how their new faith is going. So the question is: What do you do when you feel like you’re not doing anything at all?”
This is such a good question, because you are going to have people come up to you and say things like, “I led 169 people to the Lord last week, praise the Lord. All glory to Him for what He’s doing!” And there you are, faithfully laboring away, and you haven’t seen anyone come to the Lord.
More than likely, the main reason that you don’t see “decisions” for Christ is that you fear God. And because of that healthy fear of the Lord, you don’t want to lead a single soul into a false profession of faith. We know how easy it is to get decisions and impress people with numbers, but we also know better. It would be easy to say to those who stand around after the preaching, “Do you know that your name is written in Heaven? Would you like to have that knowledge? I could lead you in a sinner’s prayer right now, so that you can know that when you die you will go to Heaven. Would you like to pray?” God forbid that you and I would contribute to the numbers of tares that are sitting among the wheat in the contemporary church.
I preached the gospel open air for 12 years almost daily, and hardly saw a soul saved. However, after I left New Zealand and came to the United States, I started to hear of ones surrendering to Christ who had listened to the gospel so long ago.
So here is the way to keep yourself encouraged. See yourself as sowing in tears, then read these verses over and over, until you are familiar with them and understand them: “And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One sows, and another reaps. I sent you to reap that whereon you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors” (John 4:36-38). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Never be discouraged. Keep asking God that you may see fruit for your labors, but don’t let seeing fruit now be your source of encouragement and motivation. Let it simply be the fact that God is faithful to watch over His Word. There’s nothing wrong with the seed of the gospel and it’s up to God to cause it to bring life, in His perfect timing. You will see fruit in eternity. That’s where it counts.
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