Recently at our church we’ve been going through an overview of the Bible. We came across a sermon on the prophets of the Old Testament, and, as I thought more about it, I realized something interesting. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke of how the salvation of Israel would eventually be received through Christ. In other words, the salvation they were alluding to was the salvation that we have received, yet they never saw.
“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” 1 Peter 1:12
We as Christians take these common truths for granted. Some people lived and died longing to see these things work themselves out, and never got the satisfaction, at least while here on earth.
There are many things we do that we will do, but never get to see the outcome of. We may never get to see the outcome of the homeless we served in San Francisco, the man we lent money to, the family we prayed for, the child we gave a hug to, or the stranger we encouraged. That can be quite a frustrating thought. I myself am a result-oriented person. I like to know tangibly that what I am doing makes a difference. I think most people do. But maybe, in the end, that is not the point. Maybe the point is just that it gets done. I mean look back at the Old Testament prophets. They searched high and low for the one they prophesied about, did they just give up when they didn’t find him? NO! They were faithful, and continued doing what God had called them to do.
Have you felt God’s calling on your life in any way? Perhaps it’s to love and serve others in the name of Christ, or by simply saying “hello” to the outcasts in your area. Whatever it may be, I challenge you to do it! Don’t say you will and flake. You may never see the outcome, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened. We are called to be faithful with what we have.
Perhaps it is your job to plant the seed, someone else’s job to cultivate, and still another persons to reap (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). If the seed never gets planted, what then?
It’s not just the pastors who are called to share and show the Gospel to a hurting world. All Christians are supposed to follow Christ’s example and be ministers to wherever we find ourselves. So stop analyzing and act – trust that God will work through you.