Updated: Sep 15, 2020
How will we know when the assignment given to us by God is completed? I am talking about that burning call we have deep within our soul to win unbelievers to the kingdom of God. Our goal is to use any means necessary to convert the heart of an individual to surrender their life to Christ, and to walk away from their sinful lifestyle.
The truth is it doesn’t matter how much we may share the gospel of salvation with unbelievers. We could live the most holy life as an example for them to follow our lead. However, if God doesn’t call a person, or if that person doesn’t accept God’s call, that unbeliever will continue in their sin. John 6:44 states, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day”.
Recall the account of the woman of Samaria in John 4, who went to the well to draw water, and there she met Jesus. He asked her to get him some water to drink. This interaction resulted in Jesus introducing himself to her as the living water. Although she will need natural water to drink after this encounter, her thirsty soul will forever be spiritually quenched if she accepts Jesus into her heart. Jesus himself drew from his heavenly reservoir, and poured himself into the Samaritan woman’s willing heart. What an omniscient, omnipresent God! She ran and told others to come to see this man who spoke the truth, and told her about the things she had done.
If we feel as though we are not successful at evangelizing to an individual, then find someone else to witness to. The truth of the matter is, our righteous living can be effective in its ability to touch everyone that we’ve come in contact with. It might not be immediate, but somehow in the future, change may take place. Just plant the seed of faith and pray that the finished work of salvation, and sanctification, takes effect. John 17:4 states “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do”.
There is no shame when we have done our very best in introducing Christ to someone, and they walk away. If Jesus’ everyday interaction with Judas and his teachings, didn’t cause Judas to abort his plan to betray the son of God, then what can we do differently to cause unbelievers to accept the grace of God? The answer is nothing!
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:30-31
Remember this truth… it is Jesus Christ who saves!