Counting Conversions

Imagine a surgeon talking briefly with someone. No thorough explanation is given. The physician suggests an operation and quickly moves on to the next one and the next one, etc. Each is told that they need an operation. At the end of the day, there are twenty operations scheduled. The surgeon is successful! Now picture a local church or an evangelistic campaign. The leader or personal worker spends a brief time with each seeker. The seekers are told that they need to make a “decision.” At day’s end, the numbers of conversions are recorded. The conclusion: a successful ministry. Did all those who visited the doctor receive enough information to enable them to make an informed decision? Did all of those who “went forward” in response to the appeal receive adequate information to enable them to make an informed decision? Surgery may or may not be needed in every case; salvation is needed in everyone’s life. Instead of measuring success by the total number of converts, let’s measure it by how many truly understood and made a full surrender of their lives to Jesus. “And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Selah! The value of a few genuine conversions far outweighs being able to record huge numbers of emotional and/or intellectual responses that lack any Spiritual substance!   Ron

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