In my last post, I declared according to scriptural principle that even though nobody was saved through our evangelistic efforts last week, we were still successful in God’s eyes because we were faithful to do everything that He has called us to do. In this article, I want to answer the question: am I satisfied with no conversions last week?
Let me say up front that I’m thrilled to be a success to God. I strongly want my brethren and I to hear from God, “Well done, good and faithful slave.” That’s our ultimate end. Nevertheless, I am not satisfied with no converts, and I don’t think God wants me to be either.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-10 illustrates for us how we are to feel when nobody comes to Christ through our outreach:
- Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.”
The thing that strikes me about this parable in light of our evangelistic rally is that the king was not satisfied with nobody coming. When nobody came from the first invitation, he gave another invitation, and when nobody came after the second invitation, he gave another, wider invitation and continued to do so until the wedding hall was filled.
Friend, the king in the parable was not satisfied when nobody came. He could have said at the first rejection, “Well fine, I’ll just eat alone with my son,” but he didn’t. He was determined to fill the hall, and that’s what he eventually did.
We should have that same righteous dissatisfaction as well in light of no conversions. We might have been successful last week in our rally even though nobody was saved. You might have been successful the last time you shared the gospel even though nobody was saved. But, WE SHOULD NOT BE SATISFIED! It should actually cause us to amp up our efforts and never quit until the wedding hall is full.
Friend, may you see yourself as a success no matter the results if you are faithful to share the gospel, but may you never be satisfied until that person trusts Jesus Christ as their savior.
Share the gospel until the wedding hall is filled!!! And then be satisfied.