The one who in his heart loves God's righteousness more than anything will see a mighty work of God. To find our life in Christ alone, rather than anything in this world including ministry, is the wisdom by which souls will truly be saved. We can rest in that as we labor in our faithful efforts which in this time may seem unfruitful.
To force "results" can be deceptive wages. A tree takes a long time to grow, and those who take its fruit can most definitely not give it life...to sow righteousness is to put our fleshly efforts to death by the power of the Holy Spirit...
"The wicked earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness gets a true reward" (Proverbs 11:18).
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls" (Proverbs 11:30).
"...God was causing the growth...each will receive his own reward...you are God's field..." (1 Cor 3:5-9).
"I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls..." (2 Cor. 12:15)
We have nothing to gain, as we already have everything we need in Christ!
REST IN GOD'S GRACE.
" 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!