Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose. God has been showing me the value of people like never before. It’s amazing when you take your eyes off of yourself and put them on Jesus what you’ll see; what He’ll show you. For some of us, we are only thinking about ourselves and our own relationship with God. If we are honest, we may not even be thinking about God at all or as much as we should. Our very existence is to be in a relationship with God and to bring others into that relationship.
Some of us have our hands on the plow, planting and watering seeds. We are doing our best to love people. We invite them to church, we tell them about Jesus and it feels as though we are being rejected time after time. Our heart is right and it’s a labor of love, but it’s a labor nonetheless and it’s easy to get tired.
I want to encourage you not to lose heart if your witness isn’t producing instant fruit. We live in an instant generation where everything is at our fingertips and when we have to wait we can begin to grow weary. We want results. We want to reap the harvest. We are investing time, prayers and resources into relationships to lead people to Jesus; to make an eternal impact, but sometimes (most of the time) we don’t see the impact.
It took many years and a handful of faithful people to invite me to church or talk to me about Jesus before I was ready to receive Him. If you’re reading this and you happen to be one of those people who planted and watered seeds into my life, THANK YOU. You’ve changed my life. The lives of my future children and the many generations to come. God bless you!
Their labor was not in vain. Your labor is not in vain.
We are called to share the gospel and make disciples and maybe sometimes we are the harvester and other times we are just there to water or plant, but it all starts with the seed. There would be no harvest to reap if there was no one to plant or water. Our role is to meet people where they are, love them, tell them about Jesus and His goodness, and let Him do the rest. The bible says,”Neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7). We are the vessel; the instrument. It’s Holy Spirit who touches the hearts of man/woman.
Everything that you do for the Kingdom matters even if we do not see the fruit in this life. Whether we have planted or watered, we all reap the harvest. It’s team effort. I encourage you to keep going. Keep running your race. Don’t give up. Keep being yourself. Keep loving people. Keep looking to Jesus – our great reward.