I am pretty competitive. I don’t like to lose and I don’t enjoy criticism or rejection. One of the fears in witnessing for Jesus is the fear of criticism or rejection. We want to score a winner every time.
In his book, “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven”, Mark Cahill writes a chapter titled: “Winning, Winning, Winning”. I especially enjoyed this chapter and his concept of being a winner every time we witness. He asks the question: “What are the only three possible things that can happen when we share our faith?” The answer was: 1) the person can accept Jesus Christ; 2) the person can reject Jesus Christ; or 3) we can plant a seed. Two results are wins, the other one is a loss. Two out of three are pretty good odds.
I was so happy, though, when he goes on to cite the scripture in Luke 6:22-23: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in Heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”KJV He asks, Do you realize that when you get rejected in the name of Jesus, God has rewards waiting for you in Heaven?
Now, see how you can always win at witnessing? If the person accepts Jesus, you have won a soul for Him. Or, if you have sown a seed, that person might yet accept Jesus someday. And, if the person rejects Jesus, you will have a reward waiting for you in Heaven! Wow, it’s a Win, Win, Win situation.
Ferlin Husky had this song that says it so well: “Will there be any stars in my crown?” Let me share the second verse and the refrain:
In the strength of the Lord let me labor and pray,
Let me watch as a winner of souls, that bright stars may be mine in the glorious day, when His praise like the sea billow rolls.
Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown
When at evening the sun goeth down?
When I wake with the blest in the mansions of rest
Will there be any stars in my crown?