Evangelism - Do results and count matter? How to measure Evangelism success?

The reason why many Christians get discouraged in their ministry of Evangelism and missions is that the results are usually not as good as they expect. The results are usually measured by the number of converts or new churchgoers. They presume that the fruitfulness of a ministry can only be assessed by the number of people who claim to have accepted Jesus as their Saviour through them.

There is a problem with this way of measuring evangelism success. God rewards us based on our faithfulness to evangelize and witness to as many people as he has called us to and also live a life worthy of the message we bring. Faithfulness is not measured solely based on the number of converts. Only God can change people, not our human wisdom or effort. We are just vessels for his usage. Our way of measuring success is often flawed and different from God's. 

It is God's job to change the heart of a person and open his or her spiritually blind eyes. It is our job to go and preach the gospel to people clearly.

The Salvation message must be clear. The core of the gospel is man's sin, Christ's atoning sacrifice, salvation through faith alone, by grace alone and that none of our good works can earn it or help keep it. Unless we have child-like faith in Christ alone, we cannot enter heaven. Unless a person believes in the finished work of Jesus, he or she cannot be saved. Jesus paid it all.

Jesus asked us to "Go and preach the gospel", not to go and convert people, because conversion is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:15 - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

We are just tools in the hands of God, to do His work. He works through us and we are rewarded for all our faithful deeds, which we do to please and glorify God. 

1 Corinthians 3:

5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase.

8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now, we should not only tell the gospel in words but also live the gospel. We must act in a manner that is worthy of Jesus.

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2 Timothy 4:5 - But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

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