|Einstein, Evangelism and Compound Interest
|By: Gary D. Lee|
Remember Albert Einstein? You know, the guy who was perpetually suffering a "bad hair day"? Who can forget the guy who gave us the theory of relativity, E=mc˛? But, did you know that with all that knowledge locked in his skull he could not even make correct change? For instance, if he were checking out of the grocery store and a cashier told him the bill came to $21.39, Einstein would simply reach into his pocket, pull out a hand full of money and coins for the cashier to take out the correct amount. Incredible, isn’t it?
Anyway, Einstein was once asked what mathematical formula he thought contained the most power. He thought for a minute and replied, "The formula for figuring compound interest." I wholeheartedly agree. It is a very powerful formula, but I have a more powerful formula of my own I am sharing with you. It's the formula for compound witnessing. One plus one equals WON (1 + 1 = WON). It works this way. If one person tells another person about Jesus and each of them tells one person and on and on, we can reach thousands of people with the Gospel. The effect of compound witnessing is like a small ball of snow rolling down a mountainside. By the time it has made it to the bottom what started as a tiny snowball has picked up a tremendous amount of speed and a lot more snow. If anything ventures in its path the impact is tremendous. This is what we are after if we are seeking to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Through our life and testimony, we want to build up interest and momentum so that we can lead others to the Savior we serve. It is only by doing this that we can make an impact on others so that they are positively changed through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Compound witnessing also incorporates something else from the compound interest formula. The key word is interest. Since we are not witnessing in our strength but in the Spirits strength, He puts in a supernatural exponent. That is, while you are witnessing you automatically take an active interest in the soul of the person to whom you are witnessing. That soul, once it is brought into the Kingdom, then takes on an active interest in the next and on it goes. But it doesn’t stop there.
Once the person is won to Christ, we must take an interest in seeing that they become disciples by nurturing that new life through application oriented Bible study (Matt. 28:18-20). It all goes together to form a mighty formula that has the power to change the lives of men, women and children: 1 + 1 = WON.