God Blesses Gospel Activity
Faithful members will refrain from outreach or evangelism activity because they will first want to know if it works or not.
I have often heard from small, struggling congregations, “We have tried everything, and nothing works!”
What didn’t work?
God always works through gospel activity.
This is a promise that believers can bank on. Our expectations from gospel activity don’t often match God’s purpose and will.
We get easily disappointed and discouraged if one event to proclaim the gospel doesn’t produce new members or new visitors on Sunday morning.
Discouragement if left unchecked can lead to inactivity over time. Disappointment if left unchecked can lead to distrust in the power of God’s Word to save lost souls.
Evangelism is not so much about whether an activity works or not to bring in new members, but far more that God blesses activity. Results are squarely in his hands.
The front door of a church is not an accurate gauge to judge results of gospel activity. Frankly, it’s far more about who walks through heaven’s doors. A mission-minded congregation is far more concerned about bringing as many people as possible to heaven than finding members. That shift in perspective helps a church accomplish an extremely important point in evangelism.
God blesses gospel activity.
He may not send people through the front door on a Sunday morning as a result of an activity held at church, but he has a way of sending people through the side door in unexpected ways.
A seasoned Christian who trusts God’s promises in all things is a faithful worker. They show up when presented with opportunities to exercise their faith by sharing their faith with others. Joined with other like-minded believers, they consistently and faithfully spread the Word in their communities. With a spirit of thanksgiving for what Christ has already done, they are prompted to be God’s messenger. They understand that God loves their church and will provide according to his purpose.
With confidence, we can go to the Lord and pray,
“O Lord, my God, you reign over the heavens and the earth. Even when it seems that everything is in turmoil, you grant us peace. Our eyes are fixed on your promises. Until that day when you call us home to heaven, we joyfully accept your commission to get the Word out. We trust that your Word always works despite those many times when we see a lack of results. Keep me in your embrace and assure me with your promises that my work will never be in vain – especially those times when I step out in faith to share my faith with others. Thank you, Lord, Amen.
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