The Only Real Failure Is Not Trying
We Jews for Jesus have found that a bold witness will reap results. We always look forward to street evangelism with great expectation. We expect to be exhausted. We expect blistered feet and sore muscles. We expect some rejection and unpleasantness and the testing of our faith. Most important, however, we expect to see at least some fruit for our labors, and God has never disappointed us.
Out on the streets we have learned to be forthright in asking people if they would like to make a commitment to Y’shua. Many we meet are hungry for a personal relationship with God and find themselves dissatisfied with dead, formal religion. They need to be born again, just as the Lord said to Nicodemus in John chapter three. In many cases, we find that it is just a matter of reminding them of that need and “closing the sale.”
While not everyone can or should do street evangelism as we do, any believer can be forthright in his or her personal witness. Yet many believers tend to avoid asking the question, “Would you like to ask Jesus into your life?” They evade it because they are afraid of rejection. They think, “What if the person says no? Won’t I appear foolish? Won’t I be a failure?”
All believers need to be a little less concerned about how they appear to others and a little more concerned about just giving their all for the Lord. If a person is ready to make a commitment to Y’shua, our asking will facilitate that commitment. On the other hand, if the person is not ready, we have not failed. In posing the question that every man and woman needs to face—How will I respond to Jesus?—we have planted gospel seed. God and God alone is responsible for the growth of that seed. If the person does not respond in the affirmative, we are not failures. It just may not be God’s time for that individual.
So take a lesson from the Jews for Jesus missionaries. Don’t be afraid to ask. Freedom from this fear has made witnessing a whole new adventure for me, and it can do the same for anyone. Try it. You would be amazed at how many people do want to know God in a personal way. You can be His instrument to facilitate such a transaction. In God’s eyes, you will never be foolish, nor will you be a failure. We only fail when we don’t try!
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)