Instead of all these worldly methods, we need to be in service to people around us, not caring whether we ever get a witnessing opportunity – just having compassion for their burdens and trying to ease those burdens. THIS is what separates the sheep from the goats in Matthew 25, not the number of people you have led to Christ, but rather the number of people you have served in humility, meeting whatever needs they may have, spiritual or temporal. When we do this, when we are totally sold out to loving people and serving them, then the witnessing situations will come. And they will not always be about salvation. God’s truth covers every aspect of living. You should be ready to share whatever God has done in your life because, when you have developed the right character and have yielded to His plans in your life, you won’t have to go out looking for people to serve and witness to. He will know that you are ready to be of us and will place you in contact with them during your daily work and activities. And they will be most receptive to truth because they will see how you live and how compassionately you treat people, not just as objects in your salvation “head hunting” quest. They will see that you are the real deal.
You just have to keep your eyes open, have a compassionate heart, and be ready to do ANY work that the Holy Spirit prompts you to do. Remember that victory doesn’t come in the numbers of people for which you have done this or that. Victory comes when you are humble and tender enough to hear His promptings to do WHATEVER He asks, and when you subsequently obey. The Holy Spirit may want you to do nothing more than smile at this person, or hold the door open for that person, or let somebody out in front of you in traffic. There is much work that has to be done to bring someone to the harvest of salvation, and you are not smart enough to know exactly what stage of work this person is in, what they really need at any given moment, or whether they are even saved, without the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Your required work may be something as humble as giving a “cup of cold water” to someone (Mat. 10:42).
Additionally, much of our work in this life is serving other Christians, not just the lost. Much of our work is encouraging each other and helping each other at difficult points on this pilgrim road ending in Heaven. The modern evangelical church has done a disservice by its obsessive focus on the moment of salvation and leaving all the other work undone. It is as if we are all crammed into the delivery ward while the rest of the hospital is left in shambles, leaving the sick and dying without comfort. It is probably this neglect of all the necessary work, more than anything else, that has allowed the steady slide of our culture deeper every year into wickedness. We have stopped being salt and light because we are singularly focused on one part of God’s work and don’t hear His call to carry out the rest of the work.