“So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.” – Acts 28:23-24 (emphasis added)
Do you ever get frustrated in your efforts to ‘evangelize’ your part of the world? Have your endeavors to witness about Jesus seemed to fall upon deaf ears, leaving you disillusioned and disappointed?
Many new believers step out to win the world for Christ in a blaze of glory. They set out with the belief that everyone will be as eager as they to hear about the Man who can change their life for all eternity. Because of the success they saw in the revival service where they got saved – or the street outreach where they unashamedly gave their life to Jesus – a lot of new converts think soul winning is easy. However, if you are one who thinks following the “Great Commission” is supposed to be a walk in the proverbial park, you are sadly mistaken. If you think winning the world for Jesus Christ will be a piece of the proverbial cake, you are regretfully mistaken. If you think people are sitting around just waiting to be convicted of sin, you are woefully mistaken. Though people should be inwardly aware of the ugliness of their sin, most are not eager to hear how wretched they really are – without a Savior, that is. It is easy for us to romanticize the call to evangelize the world. It is tempting to believe that Jesus gave a commission then empowered us to fulfill the mission without hardships at all. We think back to the first century apostles and fantasize about how easy it must have been for them to change the culture of their day. It is hard for us to remember – or face the reality – that the first century apostles followed Jesus in tears, in disappointments, and in chains!
Friends, although we have been commissioned and empowered by God for the great task that lay ahead, we were never promised that the task would be easy. As a matter of fact, we were promised just the opposite. “In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33. Even with the powerful anointing that Paul carried, his words were rejected by men. Do not be dismayed when the message you bring is not received. You just be faithful to bring the good news. It is up to God to perform the rest!