by Dennis Nosal
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”
Last week about 50 people left their comfortable homes, family, and friends behind to travel 5 hours on the road to a place that most had never heard of before; Grant County, Kentucky. They spent 5 days walking the streets knocking on doors with one mutual purpose in mind and that was to take the Gospel to everyone that would listen. There were 4,507 doors knocked and 1,820 contacts made. Those 1,820 contacts received a personal invitation to worship at the Grant County Church of Christ and also an invitation to receive a personal Bible study. Those that weren’t home received literature and an invitation to study the Bible. While we were there we conducted numerous Bible studies that produced 9 baptisms and 3 restorations. Well, that is our math problem. Do all these statistics add up to equal success? Only the Lord can answer that question. What if, when all of our State Side Mission campaigns are over, and we find ourselves in heaven, and only one soul comes to us and says, “thank you for knocking on my door;” won’t there be rejoicing over that one soul?
We often times measure our success or failure on the statistics that we keep. If we don’t see a large number of baptisms, restorations, or new members during a campaign, we’re often too quick to say we’ve failed. We never stop to think that the Lord works by His timetable and not ours. When we knock on someone’s door we should never be discouraged, no matter what the response. When we knock on someone’s door, we may get a verbal “thanks, but no thanks,” but we’ve left an impression on that person’s life. Only God knows the final outcome of that simple act.
Think back on your life. Have there been people who have come into your life for a brief moment but have made a lasting impression? I can think of numerous occasions where someone because of some small act of kindness or goodness, has made an impression on me that will last my lifetime. Many of those people have gone to their reward, never realizing in this world, the impression they’ve made. You are making a lasting impression on someone’s life. What kind of impression will you make?
Every new day the Lord gives us, we enter a new mission field. Every act of our life is another opportunity to make an impression on someone’s life. Even the smallest act of kindness or goodness is important to God. The Lord speaks of the importance of offering a drink of water to someone who is thirsty. He says in Mark 9:41 “For whosoever shall give a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, Verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Let’s remember to invite someone to church today and offer them the living water spoken of in John 7:38. It doesn’t have to be on a campaign. It’s any day the Lord gives us in this life.