One of the most quoted passages in evangelism is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19–20). Most believers are familiar with the first part of that passage:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
However, sometimes we are so focused on the word “Go” that we miss the word “lo.”
“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The Great Commission is not just a command, it is a promise. As we go into the world, He has promised to go with us! The implications of this are a great help in overcoming discouragement in evangelism.
Because He goes with us:
1. We can trust Him to provide everything we need for what he has called us to do. This includes direction, encouragement, boldness, empowerment, and joy through His indwelling presence.
2. We can rest in the fact that He, and only He, prepares people’s hearts and minds. Don’t take the responsibility of converting someone on your shoulders. If you do, you are setting yourself up for discouragement and disappointment.
3. We can leave the results to Him. Worrying about your “success” in evangelism is a fast track to burn out. Learn to measure your success in evangelism on the level of your obedience, not your results.
4. We have the privilege of learning directly from the Master. Jesus promised that if we follow Him, He will make us fishers of men (Matt. 4:19). That means He will teach us everything we need to know. Part of the joy of evangelism is not only seeing lives changed, but faithfully walking hand in hand with our Savior and teacher. There is no higher calling.