I’m always looking to be a better fisherman for God. I’m always considering new ways to reach out to others and be a better witness for Him. It doesn’t matter that I’m a pastor. It should matter that I’m a Christian and my life is surrendered to Jesus Christ. His command to us as His disciples is clear..
That sounds pretty cut and dried but I think sometimes we need a refresher on just what it was He called us to. He told us in the gospels that finding those that need Him would be a dirty job and that some wouldn’t like us for saying so. In fact, he said they would close their eyes to the truth..
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.
(Matthew 13:15 ESV)
I think many times we want to see people come to faith but we are not willing to go where they are nor sacrifice to sow in the soil in which they live. When Jesus told the parable of the soils to the people, he outlined different “soils” which represented receptivity to the Gospel message. In short, only 25% of the soil was good and of that, how many will grow from it? It’s easy to get discouraged when the odds are against you but for the ones who take root, the harvest truly is bountiful and we should strive at whatever cost to find that soil and those people.
I write this as an encouragement and challenge. In my own devotions, God has challenged me to sow richly and put the results in His hands. If you feel bad when the majority (over 75 percent) of your seed seems wasted, don’t be! God will bring a harvest from the 25% that does sprout that will dwarf our wildest dreams about building His kingdom. But it will not happen if you’re not out sowing the seeds of the Gospel..
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
(Ecclesiastes 11:6 ESV)