Going Too Fast?

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Acts 26:1-29

Paul’s seemingly endless series of “trials” finally came to King Agrippa. There he had another golden opportunity to present the gospel. Agrippa’s response was an exasperated exclamation, “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?” Paul simply replied that it’s the response, not the timing of the response, that counts.

How hard should we push for commitments when presenting the gospel to non-Christians? Is it advisable to seek an early decision for Christ, or should we go slow, not forcing the issue? Every person and situation is different, but clearly we ought to be seeking decisions. The point of doing evangelism is to see people change. God does his work in people’s hearts, but they must still respond outwardly. It is our privilege to challenge people to repent and believe. The worst and perhaps most common mistake is to fail to challenge at all, for fear of going too fast. It is possible to put too much pressure on people. That will usually backfire on us. Nevertheless, we should still have a sense of urgency. It is a matter of life and death, and no one knows how many “chances” one will be given to decide.


God, help me to be wise in my witness, but help me dare to call people to make a decision for you.