How does God need us?
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)
As a Christian, one of the most exciting things to experience is when a non-believing person gives his heart to the Lord. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you helped lead them to God, and to actually witness their commitment.
Unfortunately, we may never see this. I remember someone once telling me that God has a plan to use each one of us uniquely. He may use me to plant a seed. Perhaps my role is to get people asking questions or thinking about God. Maybe they may read my blog and disagree with what I am writing – but it does get them talking. My entire role is to plant a seed.
Or perhaps a person is already thinking about God, and I am there to water the seed. My role may be to spur them on, and to dig deeper into their faith. They may not commit to Christ yet, but I am being used by God to move them forward in their walk.
Or one day, I may reap the harvest of what others have planted and nurtured. Someone may give his or her heart to Jesus as a direct result of what I say or do. I may be used by God to help this person take the final step.
As a Christian, it would be wonderful to continually reap the harvest. I know of people who can honestly say, “I’ve led over twenty people to the Lord in the last year.”
However, God needs us all to be obedient to do His work whether it be planting, watering or harvesting. We should not compare ourselves to others, or feel discouraged if we’ve never witnessed someone’s conversion. God needs each and every one of us. He has designed us uniquely to use uniquely. All we must do is be obedient to be used where and when He needs us.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9 NIV).
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