But oh, my dear children! I feel as if I am going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Someone once asked me, “Why do you go out and do Harvest Crusades? Why do you travel to different parts of the country, taking time away from your church and your family to do this?”
I had to stop and think about it for a moment. Is it the thrill of speaking to large crowds? No. I can’t say that would be it, because in many cases, the crowds may be smaller than our combined attendance at Harvest Christian Fellowship on a given Sunday. Is it the thrill of travel? Absolutely not. The novelty of travel wore off long ago. Is it because it’s a lot of fun? We do have a lot of fun, but it isn’t all fun. In reality, it’s a lot more work.
The closest analogy I can draw to what it is like is giving birth. Of course, I have never done this, but I was in the delivery room when both my sons were born. They were wonderful moments, but I also know it wasn’t easy for my wife Cathe.
The apostle Paul used this analogy when he spoke to the believers in Galatia, saying, “I feel as if I am going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives” (Galatians 4:19). Evangelism is not always fun. It’s not easy. But it’s worth it.
Add to this the fact that the devil hates evangelism for obvious reasons. Any time you endeavor to get the gospel message out, he will be there to try and thwart your efforts.
With all of this in mind, then why even try? Answer: it’s the value of a soul.
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