Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

06/06/2018

Randall Caselman 

Power & Credit

Behind Evangelism

 

  M. Norvel Young use to say: “There’s no limit to the good one can do if he does not care who gets the credit.” Paul echoes this thought in First Corinthians chapter three: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the increase… For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” 1 Corinthians 3.6-9.Teamwork is the secret to evangelism in the Lord’s church, we and God. Without Him our efforts will surely fail. Evangelism is not about me, us, but about God who makes things grow.

 

  Some think they are clever enough to outwit those who they would evangelize. There are those who believe it is smart to intimidate the lost into acceptance and obedience. Still others think themselves knowledgeable enough to ‘out-argue’ the objection of those they would win. However, it’s possible to win the argument, and lose the soul we’re trying to convert. It’s not what we can do, but what God does through the Gospel Message.

 

  The power of the Gospel is in the faith it produces, not in our ability:

“The gospel is the power of God unto salvation” Romans 1.16.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” Hebrews 11.6.

“Faith comes by hearing the Word of God” Romans 10.17.

“Humbly, meekly, receive the Word planted in you” James1.21.

“The word of God is living and powerful to save” Hebrews 4.12.

 

  Regardless of how talented we may think we are, ours is not to force others into faith and obedience, ours is to preach the word, teach others, share Jesus, exemplify Christ. We will not be judged on our success or failure rate, but on our willingness to go into our world with the Good news. Ours is to preach, teach, share. What the hearer does with theWord is between him and the Lord. Let’s stop counting and continue to share and exemplify! Amen? Indeed, “There is no limit to the good one can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”

 

—Randall Caselman