I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. (Romans 9:15)
God has given us the incredible privilege of being called into the full-time ministry of expanding the cause of His Kingdom in this world, regardless of our occupation. Our work is clear: We are responsible to sow the seeds of God’s Gospel truth and leave the results up to Him. And, as odd as this may sound, we must learn to become indifferent to the outcomes, so as not to be overwhelmed by them. The parable of the sower tells us that some seed does grow and some doesn’t; some will and some won’t.
You may remember that when Jesus preached to the rich young ruler, whom He loved, our Lord accepted the young man’s rejection as a fact of life. This is an important lesson that we all must learn by way of personal experience. We cannot look at our sowing from the perspective of our success-oriented culture. We are simply responsible to sow the seed, not grow the seed. We are to share the truths of the Gospel and leave the results up to God, fully trusting that His Word will never return to Him empty, but will accomplish exactly what He desires and will succeed in the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
How are you doing in this ministry to which you have been called? Are you sowing seeds of Gospel truth? Remember, there are always two aspects of sowing: We are to sow seeds of Gospel truth in those who know not the Christ, and we are also to sow seeds of Gospel truth in those who are in Christ. As the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews said, we are to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
And we must always remember that the growth of the seeds we sow is completely in the hands of the Almighty. We simply cannot let results affect us in any way. Paul said, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6). We need only to be faithful to the call God has placed on our lives. God will use our efforts for His glory and the good of those who love Him. You have His Word on that!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!