by Paul List:
What a beautiful Spring it has been so far!
Spring is a time for change, new life, new beginnings and generally a refreshing time. New life begins, and things begin to grow. Flowers bloom, trees leaf out, grass grows and the air is filled with the songs of birds. With each new season, the church reflects on its purpose and commission from the Risen Lord. No matter how wonderful the explosion of life and color is in Spring, the believer hold hope for an even better new life.
We have the promise of eternity! We have the Creator! We have Jesus!
When the individuals of the church begin a new season of sharing the Gospel with the world, we encounter familiar resistance. Since the Fall, (not the season but Adam and Eve’s Fall) man has sought ways to replace God with our selves. Humanity is fallen and we need a Savior. Sharing the Gospel can be difficult, as it can lead to confrontations and awkward encounters. These are very small in comparison to the other outcome of everlasting life in Heaven. Sharing the Gospel can lead to people becoming born again by the Holy Spirit. Sharing the Gospel can also lead to a harsh rejection. This is nothing new. In Exodus, we see the hard heart of Pharoah. He refuses to acknowledge Moses’ God as the Lord of all. However, God uses the hard heart for His own glory:
So the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.’” And they did so. For Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is thefinger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said. – Exo. 8:16-19
We know the rest of the story; God is glorified and His name resounded across the world as the God who saved His people from mighty Pharoah. We can take great comfort in this! Even if we don’t see immediate fruit from sharing the Gospel, we still honor and glorify God by our obedience. Even if we get the cold shoulder, or the door slammed in our face, God is still God. He is in control. We have the best news in the history of history. We are commissioned to share this news with the world and whether they like the message or not, whether they respond positively or negatively, what transpires when they hear the message is between them and their Creator.
Stay strong Christian. Stay on mission, wherever the Lord leads you. Know that if we walk according to His Spirit, we honor and glorify Him in all we do.