John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
No matter who wins the election on November 8,2016 the responsibility for evangelism will continue. Jesus said evangelism is a process of sowing and reaping. Often it is the result of the one sowing being different from the one reaping and the result of the involvement of others watering the seed as 1 Cor. 3:6-9 declares. Sowing, watering, and reaping are three distinct works of the ministry and the work you may do in one place may be sowing, in another watering, and in another place reaping. In any case each labor adds to the process and we don’t always know where we are in the process. This implies that every witness we give does not always lead to a decision and a person becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. We need this understanding about the process, not so we’ll never compel anyone or work toward getting someone to commit to Christ, but that no matter what the response is we’ve succeeded if we’ve obeyed. We’ve added to the process and we cannot force a harvest.
People often turn to Jesus like turning screwing a light bulb into a light socket; it is one turn at a time until the light comes on. God uses us to plant, water, and reap. If we don’t reap, we should remember to leave people in a good condition for the next laborer. There’s a saying that the groundwork portion of evangelism (planting/watering) is the longest or the first 95% of evangelism. D.L. Moody, the great Evangelist from 1837-1899 who won over a million souls said, “I have never lead a man to Jesus who had not been previously contacted with the Gospel.” So whether you are planting, watering, or reaping until the next laborer comes along:
Jesus is being lifted up
God is continuing to draw that person unto Him
Each witness contributes to the turning process.