Kyle Wendel | Children’s and Youth Ministries Director
Have you ever shared the Gospel with someone and he or she completely rejected you? How about a time when you shared with someone and thought it was going somewhere, but nothing changed in him or her? I have often gone away from a conversation about the Gospel with someone and thought to myself what could I have said better or worded a different way? Maybe if I said it differently or better then that person would have gotten saved. I would often give myself all the credit, good or bad. God showed me that it was not my job for that person to be saved, but rather it was my job to share the Gospel with them. The rest is up to God.
Let’s look at Acts3:5-9: “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.”
Something we need to realize is that it is the Holy Spirit working in someone, not the words of us. The Scripture says here that the one who plants or waters is nothing, but only God gives growth. Next time you share the Gospel, remember it is not up to you whether that person is to come to God or not. It is only your responsibility to plant and water a seed in that person. Most times you will not see that seed growing for a while. God will use you to plant or water someone’s seed but then down the road, He will also use other people to water that seed more through different conversations and life experiences. You could have the absolute best Gospel presentation and the best vocabulary, but it is not up to you for the results.
So next time remember that even though someone may reject your Gospel presentation, you may be planting a seed or watering that previous seed already planted. Seeds do not grow into plants right away. Be patient and never cease in praying for people to grow. There is a burden lifted off our shoulders when we trust God with the results. However, let us never neglect the responsibility to share the Gospel with everyone.