Throughout this week, I’ll be sharing simple verses that have rocked my perspective on life and faith, with just a short note. My hope is that God will move in a similar way in your heart…
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop…” -Matthew 13:3-8
Tonight, I came face to face with a reality I’ve always avoided… If Christians are “farmers” sowing the seed of the Gospel, we’ll be investing significant time, money and energy – spiritual, emotional and physical – into people who will NEVER produce fruit for the Kingdom.
In fact, we’ll be pouring our lives out in the pursuit of a cause bigger than anything we could ever fathom but we’ll be succeeding about 25% of the time. Actually, according to Jesus, 3/4 of our effort will fall on distracted, disinterested and deceived ears.
I HATE THAT.
I hate feeling like I’ve failed. And I know… I’m called to make the investment, not produce the crop, BUT, I like knowing the process has a payoff. That I can celebrate. Today.
Tonight, I looked someone in the face and knew the pain that Noah must have felt, preaching for a hundred years with no one responding. Or Jeremiah. Or Elijah. Or Hosea. Or Jesus.
God calls me and promises me life in His Word, followed by an unimaginable payoff in eternity. But, right here, right now, this is the process. And the process demands that I pour myself into the people God has brought into my path. It invites me to pray and pray and then pray some more, with the hope that the ones I’ve grown to love will embrace the promise of the payoff as well.
Someday I intend to stand before the throne, hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” And I hope and pray that I’m standing next to the face I stared into tonight.
But all I can do today is immerse myself in the process (because the process is the point) and trust that God will do what only He can do.
Who are you in the middle of the process with? Take a deep breath and be reminded that you’re not alone.