What if someone visits your site but they don’t complete your ODC?
As a young Christian at a large, secular university I was very involved in a great campus ministry. Part of our discipleship training included sharing the Gospel with others. Despite being in the “Bible Belt” our message was often rejected. Our campus director reminded us the Scripture approach to evangelism was to “share the Gospel in the power and name of Jesus Christ and trust God to bear the fruit!”.
Imagine this scenario: A person visits your website, reads your Gospel page but doesn’t complete the ODC (Online Decision Card).
You may not know whether they made a decision for Christ but at any rate opted not to complete the ODC. Let me say here, it’s not if but when this happens. You may not know about their decision for Christ until we stand before the Savior someday. While it may be discouraging not to see “fruit” from your online Gospel message. It’s important however, to remember God, in His wisdom doesn’t always allow us to see the fruit of our labors. But, with an ODC (Online Decision Card) you have done your best to allow others to inform you of their decision.
You may never know unless they visit your Church and inform you of their decision. This can seem pretty discouraging for some Church leaders who value their Gospel presentation and believe it’s an important part of their evangelistic strategy for their Church. And, they earnestly pray for those who will visit their Gospel page.
It’s tempting to get discouraged but we have to remember that we can at least take comfort knowing your online ministry has provided a means for Seekers to be exposed to the Gospel…and assume the Holy Spirit is moving as He desires. I encourage you to adopt the same philosophy we used on campus. You are being faithful and can trust God is using the Gospel on your site as He sees appropriate.
Pray in the spirit as Isaiah spoke, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Take away: Share the Gospel (online) in faith and leave the results to God.
For His Glory Alone,
Rev. Don Walley, Director
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