An evangelist must determine to persevere in the work because of the hope that perseverance is designed to bring to us. Romans 5:3-5 demonstrate this hope:
“3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Verse 4 tells us the fruit of perseverance is hope: hope in the promises of God. Obviously if the Scriptures exhort us to persevere then there are temptations, pressures, etc. for us to not persevere. If we don’t persevere then our hope is limited and our faith reduced. In other words there are consequences to not persevering.
Life is created by our great God to challenge us so we will grow. If you don’t respond to the challenges you will not grow. You see this in professional sports. There are many talented athletes but they all must respond to the challenge of the game or they will not play for long. Some respond with greater effort than others and they rise to the level of ‘stars’. The point is even at the highest level of athletic life people are still challenged. There is no end to it.
So an evangelist must resolve two things: 1) He will be challenged. 2) He must respond and take on the challenge. If an evangelist will agree to these then he can persevere and develop habits and tactics to overcome the challenges and develop into a fruitful, hopeful evangelist.
There are two categories of our life as an evangelist that demand our efforts:
- The work of an evangelist which is to be a man of the Word and Prayer. In other words you must study and know the Scriptures and pray (see Acts 6:4).
- The evangelist must provide for his family. This is one reason evangelists raise money to support their work because it simultaneously provides for their family.
If an evangelist will do these two things then he can have a fruitful, long-term ministry of hope that leads to thousands upon thousands of souls hearing the Gospel.
Again, the key is to resolve to persevere. The challenges will never cease. But one day you will come to the end of your life and you will have the opportunity then to reflect whether you responded to the challenges of evangelism and persevered in hope to the end that souls were saved or you did not respond to the challenges and you quit. Can you imagine coming to the judgment seat having quit. There will be no sufficient excuse then for why you did not continue in the work of an evangelist. There will be only regret. Don’t quit. Persevere. Live and labor in hope.
Romans 2:5-6: 6 who [God] will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;