03 Jul

It’s a Team Harvest

As laborers for Jesus, we are all working to reap a harvest through the gospel.  We plant, we water, and we harvest.  However, we don’t always get to do all three things with the same person.  Sometimes we’re the one who plants the gospel in a person’s life.  At other times we’re the one who waters that gospel so that it might take root, grow, bloom, and bear fruit.  Still other times we are the one who gets to harvest that soul by leading them to faith in Jesus Christ.  Of course, it’s God who brings the growth and the harvest, but He uses human agents to bring it about (Matthew 9:37-38).  It’s a blessing to be part of all three phases with the same person, but I would guess that that’s actually fairly rare.

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20 Nov

But SBC Calvinists Believe That Too

The Southern Baptist Convention has certainly seen a mellowing out of what came to be quite a heated debate once again over Calvinism after the publishing of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” in May 2012.  Of course, Dr. Frank Page’s appointment of the Calvinism Advisory Committee the next month in June 2012 and the unifying document they crafted and published in June 2013 called “Truth, Trust, and Testimony in a Time of Tension” (aka, T5) has had a great deal to do with the mellowing out we are now enjoying, or at least I am.

Nevertheless, there are those still in the convention that are really concerned about the “problem of Calvinism.”  In fact, I recently overheard a group of men eating breakfast before attending the Tennessee Baptist Convention discussing the issue of Calvinism in the SBC.  One of them declared about Calvinism, “Why if I believed that, I’d never go out and share the gospel because it would already be decided who’s going to be saved!”  Apparently this man understood SBC Calvinists to believe that people are saved apart from hearing and believing the gospel of Jesus Christ, which tells me that there’s still work to be done in communicating what SBC Calvinists actually believe.  I thought to myself and almost chimed in across the aisle, “No, SBC Calvinists believe too that we’ve got to share the gospel if anybody’s going to be saved.”  Unfortunately, that fellow had a misunderstanding of what SBC Calvinists believe.

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08 Nov

5 Evangelism Principles on the Way to the Seller of Purple

We Southern Baptists are a Great Commission people.  It’s in our denominational blood!  As we come into the state convention season of SBC life, we will undoubtedly be challenged again and again to share the gospel, sHaRe tHe gOsPeL, SHARE THE GOSPEL!  Indeed, I welcome that clarion call from Scripture because it captures the heart of God and needs to be sounded again and again, but the Bible doesn’t simply tell us to share the gospel.  It also gives us principles for how to share the gospel.

One of the richest places to gain some vital principles for sharing the gospel comes from Acts 16.  There were find the history of Paul preaching the gospel in Asia Minor and Europe on his second missionary journey, which led him to a seller of purple named Lydia.  Five principles of evangelism jump out to me there in vv. 1-15 as Paul is heading for a divine appointment with this lady.

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01 Oct

Train Your Children in the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord: An Encouragement to Catechize

The greatest responsibility of Christian parents is to train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6.4). This responsibility is also to be one of Christian parents’ greatest joys. Certainly, we have found this to be true. Recently our hearts were blessed as our 5-year-old son led us in the Lord’s Prayer before bedtime; and then we were blessed even more because our 3-year-old daughter insisted we do it again but with her in the lead. They both did a great job. What a joy that was!

Child with Bible

Training our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord doesn’t just happen through an hour of Sunday School a week, which never equates to an hour of teaching anyway. It’s truly a 24-7 thing. We are to be instructing all the time, which is beautifully captured in the Lord’s command to us in Deuteronomy 6.4-9:

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14 Feb

Why Are Evangelists Not Being Used?

On Tuesday I posted on reevaluating the role of the evangelist.  In that post I basically argued through my personal testimony that to ignore the role of the evangelist is to ignore the Scripture.  Today I’ll explore why churches aren’t using evangelists as much these days and will try to put forth a way of going forward so that we can be closer to the scriptural norm and utilizing all the resources given by God to advance the Kingdom.

However, before I put forth the primary reasons I see that churches are not using evangelists, let me list a couple of false reasons.  The first false reason that has gotten thrown out there is that churches just don’t want hear unmitigated truth preached anymore.  That reason usually comes from the mouths of evangelists that are seeing their calendar not filling up as it once did.  So they conclude that it must be the churches who are the problem—”The churches must have an aversion to truth, or they would be begging me to come share it with them.”  Unfortunately, this proposed reason comes more out of a bruised ego than reality.

The second false reason thrown out is the resurgence of doctrine commonly known as Calvinism.  The myth is that those who are more Calvinistic are less evangelistic, and therefore, evangelists are used less.  I use the word “myth” because the notion that our Calvinistic brothers are less evangelistic has been proven to be false in both a 2006 LifeWay Research study and a 2007 North American Mission Board study 1.  Furthermore, according to a 2012 LifeWay Research study, it’s clear that the great majority of churches in the SBC are not Calvinistic—66% to be exact 2.  That stat means that regardless of a resurgence of Calvinism in the SBC, there should still be plenty of churches for evangelists to fill their calendars with if Calvinism was really the problem, yet evangelists are still being underutilized.  So, the resurgence of Calvinism is a false reason that churches are not using evangelists.

Now that we’ve gotten those false reasons out of the way, let’s turn to the real reasons in no particular order and try to find a way to go forward.

I believe the first reason churches are not utilizing evangelists is that they simply do not trust them.  They’ve seen too many over the years utilize methods that evoke “decisions” through man-centered, Finney-like measures and not conversions.   The evangelist can travel on boasting of ever how many “decisions” while the pastor is left to sort through what actually happened and many times it’s not so good.  Pastors are just afraid that confusion over salvation will be brought into their churches.  Furthermore, some pastors I’ve talked with don’t trust evangelists because they are afraid that evangelists are more concerned with numbers than gospel fidelity, knowing that more “decisions” will likely land them more revivals.  I pray that this isn’t true of evangelists and want to believe the best about brothers in Christ, but in our contemporary results-driven culture, I don’t doubt this is a temptation for evangelists.  The driving question I want to ask is:  what are evangelists doing to build trust with the pastors and churches?  “Just trust us” isn’t good enough.

Second, I say that churches are not using evangelists because they simply don’t know the evangelists.  Just calling oneself an evangelist and being affiliated with COSBE or the state evangelism association isn’t enough.  Pastors don’t feel comfortable putting a man in their pulpit that they do not know.  Pastors want to use men that they know.  This desire isn’t some sort of “scratching your buddy’s back” syndrome.  Rather, it goes back to the trust issue.  It’s hard to trust somebody you don’t know.

I know this remedy is hard work, but both pastors and evangelists must work to get to know each other.  Personally would be best, but even providing sermon audio on evangelists’ websites would be a good start.  Many evangelists, as far as I can tell, have no samples of their preaching for pastors to listen to on the web.  If both pastors and evangelists would work to make personal connections with each other, I believe pastors would be more likely to utilize evangelists.  So, what can we do to build these personal relationships?

Third, churches are not using evangelists because evangelists are not serving the needs of churches who are changing their approach to evangelism.  Evangelists seem to be only geared up for the “come and hear” evangelism. The fact is that churches are not holding revivals or evangelistic rallies as often as they used to.  Now some of this might be because churches are just losing their evangelistic fervor, but I believe that’s the great minority.  By and large, I believe churches want to see people come to Christ, but after attempt after attempt of trying to get lost people to come to us to hear an evangelist preacher with no turnout, churches are moving to other approaches of evangelism that are geared toward “go and tell.”

The evangelistic revival/rally has been very fruitful in the past, but it’s still is just one approach to getting the gospel out.  I’m not saying the days of the revival meetings are over.  The church will always need revival, and there will always be a few lost in every church crowd, but the approach of inviting lost people to come hear an evangelist at your church preach the gospel is yielding very little fruit because lost people are for the most part not coming.  I wish this situation was not so, but that’s reality, at least where I’m from.  Therefore, churches are fishing with a different lure, so to speak.  So, what are evangelists doing to serve the churches who are changing their methods of evangelism?

I pray that we can turn this trend around.  I want to be as faithful to the Scripture as I can be and want to utilize every resource God has given for the advance of the gospel.  May evangelists and churches be reunited for the sake of the lost and the Kingdom!

12 Feb

Revisiting the Role of the Evangelist

One of the great pleasures of being a human is the ability to change your mind.  That’s a tremendous blessing, especially when a wrong needs to be righted.

I have striven to be a man of the Word.  I want to live my life and do church as closely to the revelation that God has given us in the Bible.  However, the Holy Spirit recently began to convict me that I was ignoring one important aspect of Scripture—the role of the evangelist.

The Holy Spirit through Paul clearly says that God has given some men to be evangelists for the good of the church.  It’s right there in Ephesians 4:11-12, And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.  There’s the evangelist right along with apostles, prophets, and pastors/teachers.  While the role of apostle and prophet has ceased with the closing of the canon of Scripture, the role of evangelist is as ever relevant as the role of pastor/teacher.  Yet, I have largely ignored it.

Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  I’m not saying that I’ve ignored evangelism.  I share the gospel far and wide.  However, I have ignored the role of what we might call the vocational evangelist, that man who has been set aside by God and gifted by the Spirit for the express purpose of preaching the gospel.  In fact, in my five years at West Main Baptist Church, I have used an actual evangelist for only one preaching service out of probably fifty services dedicated explicitly to revival/evangelism.

The Lord began to prick my heart toward this shortcoming over year ago, and the moment that really drove it all home for me was when I listened to a 9 Marks leadership interview last fall.  Mark Dever, who is the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and the founder/president of 9 Marks, was interviewing Iain Murray, who was Martin Lloyd Jones’ assistant and co-founder of Banner of Truth Trust publishing house.  Dever, in his usual interviewing style, was asking a wide range of questions on various topics, and due to Murray’s background having served in Britain and Australia and interacting with churches all over the world, he began to wonder if Murray would have anything specific to say to American churches.  The interaction went as follows:

Dever:  “Any word you would give to American Evangelicals in particular?”

Murray:  “I have the privilege and great encouragement of seeing bright spots in the States and to me they are bright, encouraging. The lack of evangelists comes home to me more and more.  Palmer Robertson, he said to me that evangelistic preaching has almost died out in the States.  I didn’t quiz him on that, but it’s true in Britain.  Suppose you are pastoring a church.  Now God has helped blessing the preaching, and there are people who are concerned and awakened.  It would be a good time to call in a friend for a week’s preaching for the gospel.  Who would you call?  How many men could you call for that role?  Not many in Britain.  Do you want a teacher and an expositor?  Yes, we can provide them.  Now what’s the reason for that?  Lloyd Jones believed and more and more I think he’s right that evangelistic preaching is the hardest preaching, in part because it drains you emotionally more. We had a very good address at this conference this weekend.  It was the point that you have got to find the emotion of the text and that emotion needs to be in the preacher.  Now when it comes to evangelistic preaching then, it has to be real compassion and sensitivity and sympathy with lost men and women.  You can’t just prepare a message and expound it.  It’s something more than that and that’s really draining. So when you think about the evangelists of the past in the States and going back, we are lacking in such men.”

As I heard that, something just clicked in my spirit.  I need to utilize the role of the evangelist in my local context.  God has given them as a good gift to the church, and to ignore them is to handicap the spread of the Kingdom.

So, I declare today that I’m repenting of my ignoring the evangelist.  In fact, I actually repented back in the fall and have one booked already for this spring!

In a follow-up post, I’ll explore why evangelists aren’t being used as much today and will try to put forth a way of going forward so that we can be closer to the scriptural norm and utilizing all the resources given by God to advance the Kingdom.

Now it’s your turn to respond. Do you use evangelists for ministry in your church?  Am I correct that the role of evangelist is a relevant and important role for the church today?  How is the church hindered when we ignore the role of the evangelist?

05 Feb

10 Ways to Keep Your Gospel-Urgency Stoked

During the first decade of my childhood, my family had a big old wood-burning stove in our house to keep us warm in the winter.  There was one thing that we always had to keep in mind:  keep the fire stoked so that the fire would stay hot.  I remember distinctly watching my dad, or doing it myself as I got older, put that poker into the fire and work it around to stoke up the flame.  Within seconds that dying fire would blaze up brightly.

Stoking fire

Much in the same way, we must have our gospel-urgency stoked up.  Life, laziness, and laxness zaps the fire in us that pushes to go share the gospel as far and wide as we can and as quickly as we can.  From time to time and perhaps more often than we like to admit, we need to have that urgency rekindled.  Here are 10 practical ways to stoke your gospel-urgency up:

1.  Pray to God to keep you stoked and to help you see people’s spiritual need
Your first answer in all spiritual deficiencies is to call out to God who has all the resources in the universe and desires to equip you. Whatever it is you need to complete a task He’s given you, He will provide. As you get on your face before God, asking Him to just stoke you up, the Holy Spirit that indwells you will fill you and that fire will begin to blaze. And, while you’re there on your face before God, ask Him to give you His eyes for people so you might see them as He sees them. These eyes of flesh will mislead us, but when we look with the spiritual eyes of God, our hearts will break for those that do not have Christ as their Savior.

2.  Get outside of your Christian bubble to be reminded there are truly lost people
Intentionally or not, many of us live inside a Christian bubble. We have Christian friends and listen to Christian music and read Christian blogs and watch Christian channels, but there is a lost and dying world out there that we can easily become oblivious to. That’s why we must get outside our Christian bubble to be confronted with lostless, to be reminded that things are not as they should be, to realize afresh how badly this world needs Jesus.

3.  Hear the voices of those who are already suffering torment
While you and I might not actually be able to hear the voices of those who are already suffering torment, we can certainly read the testimony of them in Scripture.  In Luke 16:19-31, we get to hear from a rich man who died and went to Hades. His testimony is one of agony, torment, and great fear that one of his loved ones would come and experience the place where he was. Voices like this one should drive us to compassion, pity, and love for those who do not know Christ because it should break our heart to think of any of our fellow man going to experience what this man was experiencing in the Bible.

4.  Set a goal for how many times you’ll share the gospel
Setting a goal is one of the most practical ways for us to accomplish that which we believe to be important. Whatever becomes a goal is what will be accomplished.  It is also a way to challenge us to grow in sharing the gospel and to measure that growth. Maybe your goal is to share the gospel one time this week. If that’s one more time than you shared last week, then amen. That’s growth! Maybe your goal is three times a week or once a day or twice a day. Whatever goal you set is fine as long as it’s a challenge to you and helps you accomplish God’s purposes in your life as a witness for Him.

5.  Create a list of people to pray for and share with
A simple tool to help us keep that fire stoked it to create a list of folks that we are praying for and plan to share the gospel with. This makes lostness personal. It puts a face and a name to our outreach. It may be a coworker, classmate, family member, neighbor, or someone else. Whoever’s on that list, that list will help you to focus your spiritual energy on these people so that your heart will be ablaze for them. I would suggest doing a list of three to five people.

6.  Die to self
What is the greatest barrier to you sharing the gospel with someone else? I bet that it’s selfishness. At least that’s what I see as the greatest barrier in my own life. Would you be so transparent as to agree that that’s true for you as well?  We say things like, “I don’t want that person to think I’m a fool,” or “I don’t want to ruin this relationship I have going with this person,” or “I don’t really have time to share the gospel right now.”  All of these excuses are selfish.  We must die to self!  In other words, we must live for others!!

7.  Love someone to life
Have you heard someone say, “I just love him to death!”?   How about if you instead loved someone to life? Sharing the gospel with someone is the most loving thing that you can do, and it is the power unto life. So, let love stoke up your fire, and don’t stop loving until you have loved them to life.

8.  Stay as close to Jesus as possible
Jesus is on a mission. He has come to seek and save the lost, and His mission is to be our mission. The closer that you and I are to Jesus, the more you and I will live out His mission and the hotter our fire will burn for those who are lost.

9.  Pursue the joy of evangelism
“Joy” is probably not the first word that comes to your mind when I say “evangelism,” but it should be. First, you have been commanded to share the Gospel, and what great joy there is in being obedient to what God has commanded us to do. Second, is there a greater joy then being used by God to bring someone to Christ? Even Heaven erupts with a party when a sinner repents (Luke 15:7,10).  Great joy awaits you as you share the gospel!

10.  Never forget their fate without Jesus
The fate of those who die without Jesus is flames forevermore. Their worm will never die. Their flame will not be extinguished. Eternal, conscious, physical, torment awaits them. If there is any heart in you at all, this truth will drive you to share the Gospel as passionately and as quickly as you can so that no one faces this fate.

May your gospel-urgency be ablaze!

21 Nov

Expansion Without Exception

Does it ever seem to you like the Kingdom of God is losing ground here on the earth?  Does it appear that lostness is growing and sin is increasing?  Does it feel like nation after nation is openly turning against God?

Indeed, the situation does look bleak from our perspective, but I pray that you and I would be people of revelation and not observation.  You see, one of the many great overarching themes in Scripture is this one:  expansion without exception.  As we look across the entirety of Scripture, this encouraging theme emerges, promising us that God’s plan is for His Kingdom to expand into all peoples, covering the entire earth without exception.

If we couple this theme with what God reveals about Himself in Isaiah 46:9-10, we have much reason to celebrate.  God tells us in Isaiah 46:9-10, “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” God’s plan is expansion without exception, and God’s plan will not be thwarted.

We see the beginning of this expansion without exception theme during creation itself in Genesis 1:27-28:

  • God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Mankind, who at this point perfectly bore the image of God, was God’s manifest agents on the earth and was given orders to be fruitful and multiply so that every inch of the earth would be filled.  And, these godly ones were to subdue the earth and rule over creation.  That is the Kingdom of God expanding without exception.

Through Abraham (called Abram at this point), God continues to reveal this plan to us.  In Genesis 12:1-3, God makes a covenant with Abram, saying:

  • Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

It’s important for us to note that God does not just promise blessing to Abraham’s family or even to only Abraham’s people.  Notice that last sentence:  And in you, Abram, all the families of the earth will be blessed. That’s expansion without exception.

We turn to the prophets and see the theme continue.  God tells us in Isaiah 11:9 that there is coming a day when they will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. That’s expansion without exception.

Daniel interprets an awesome dream and continues the theme (Daniel 2).  In fact, the dream was a vision given by God to Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonian Empire.  In that dream, an amazing, multi-metal statue is pulverized by a stone.  Daniel tells us that the four metals represent four empires, and that the stone represents the Kingdom of God.  Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel envisioned the following concerning the stone:

  • You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Notice that the stone didn’t remain a stone.  It grew into a great mountain and filled the whole earth.  Daniel further tells us that in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever, (Daniel 2:44).  That’s the Kingdom of God expanding without exception.

As we enter into the New Testament era, the theme doesn’t stop.  In Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus tells us, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.” In the very next verse, Jesus teaches us, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened,” (Matthew 13:33).  In both instances, that’s the expansion of God’s Kingdom without exception.

In the Great Commission, we see the theme carrying on.  Jesus declares to His followers in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” There’s the Kingdom.  He goes on to command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” There’s the plan of expansion without exception—make disciples of all the nations.

And, Jesus vividly reiterates this command when He tells His followers in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Did you catch the geography there?  It was global, and that’s expansion without exception.

And finally, praise God that He didn’t just reveal His plan to us.  He also lets us preview the outcome in the book of Revelation.  First, in chapter 5, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders praise Jesus, who is the Lion and the Lamb, with a “new” song:

  • Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth, (Revelation 5:9-10).

That’s expansion without exception.

A further glimpse at the outcome of God’s plan is given to us just two chapters later.  We read in Revelation 7:9-10:

  • After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Again, that’s the expansion of God’s Kingdom without exception.

One final, ultimate, glorious glimpse is given to us in Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5:

  • Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away,”…Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

A new earth eradicated of sin with God dwelling upon it, healing the nations…that’s expansion without exception.

Friend, I say to you, “Take heart.”  Although it looks like the Kingdom of God is on the decline, it is indeed growing and will eventually expand to cover the earth without exception and touch every peoples and nations without exception.  God is going to do some remarkable and marvelous things.

So, the question is not:  will God’s Kingdom expand?  The question is:  how are you going to work today to expand the Kingdom?  May you do so to much increase!

10 Oct

Successful but Not Satisfied

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.