As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
Have you ever wondered if anyone listens to you when you talk with them about your faith or ask them questions to open a discussion about their beliefs? Have you attempted to share the gospel with a friend only to find your confidence waning, or you suddenly find yourself fearful of any questions that might arise? In the verses of Isaiah, God tells us that “the words will go out of his mouth”, through us His word is spread, he has a purpose and that it will be accomplished, therefore we should find confidence in that He has prepared our words and has blessed that time so that seeds will be planted. We might not ever see the fruit from the seed but we can take joy in knowing that we were part of His purpose.
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2
I look at John the Baptist and see that his obedience and faith send him out into the wilderness, preaching and warning people to repent.
People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. Matthew 3:5-6
Just as God had promised; John the Baptist saw that God word would not return empty results. We should not concern ourselves with what others will think of us but instead concern ourselves with sharing God’s word with others so that they might have the opportunity to experience God grace and know Christ.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. Matthew 3:7-9
Salvation is indeed a gift, but one to be shared, not to be hidden away in your closet or to sit on a shelf and admire from time to time. It should be worn and displayed in every aspect of ones life. In fact I pray often that my faith would ooze from me as if overflowing onto others around me…what some might call contagious faith. There was a time that I was guilty of thinking that I was safe from God’s wrath because I had repented, accepted Christ, taken hold of God’s grace and taken comfort in His promise, but was I producing fruit? Did I look at certain people and think they didn’t need to hear about God? or that they wouldn’t listen because they preferred to live out their fleshly desires? or maybe they already professed a faith, but it wasn’t following Christ.
I believed the lies; “They won’t listen” “…They will laugh at me” “…They already have a faith, not following Christ but they seem happy”…or this one; “they’re too far gone”.
God forgive me.
I have seen and read that God has used and will continue to use any to glorify His name and if I was too proud in my salvation then perhaps I would miss out on the biggest gift of all…growing God’s kingdom.
My prayer would be as written in Psalms;
Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.
May your unfailing love come to me, LORD,
your salvation, according to your promise;
then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws. Psalm 119:33-43