1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Here is an article I wrote years ago about the subject of witnessing for Christ but not seeing immediate results. Sometimes it can get discouraging when you hand out tracts or witness, or whatever you do, and you don’t see the fruit of your efforts. This article was written as a reminder that it is God that giveth the increase and that our job is to be faithful stewards. We may never know till we get to heaven some of the fruit that results from our efforts to plant and water.
This article includes an amazing story my dad tells about a work among Muslims in Nigeria many years ago. Please take time to read the whole article, I promise that you will be blessed if you love the Lord!
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Giving out tracts at the stores where we shop, trying to live a godly life that will glorify our Father in heaven, giving a word to the weary, telling someone what the Bible says about something -- these are some of the things that we do that we may never hear any fruit from. It can be a temptation to be discouraged and feel that our efforts are in vain, especially for ladies who keep the home. We may feel like we're just not doing that much sometimes. We answer to God, though, not to others or even ourselves.
Much emphasis is put on the necessity of winning souls among some Fundamental Baptists and other Christians to such a point that if you don't win a lot of souls regularly, they consider you backslidden and may even start questioning your salvation. In some places, such as Hyles Anderson College there is (or was last we heard) an actual quota that each student was to win each week or month. This is no different than the Charismatics who think they can make God preform on their schedule. It is disgusting, to say the least.
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Winning souls is wise, but far be it from us to demand the fruit from God on our terms!