Wait on the Lord

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  Ephesians 4:11

I don’t know about you, but I often hear about how us Christians should be sharing the Gospel with the people around us.  I don’t disagree, but what if God doesn’t intend for us to always be sharing the gospel plan of salvation with words.

Please wait before you bend over for that stone.

When Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Corinth many were more concerned with following those that had taught them instead of  with following Jesus.

5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Notice.  God gave the growth.  It wasn’t Paul’s beautiful gospel presentation.  It wasn’t because Apollo’s followed the Roman’s Road plan of salvation.  It was because God did it.  And this is important.   I fear that sometimes we are so eager to share the gospel, or so guilty because we’re pressured to share the gospel, that we neglect to wait on God’s timing.  Especially with those in our intimate circles of family or friends or even co-workers.  We’ve got to “get them saved”   Then we’re in danger of making it a measure of our work.  But remember, we don’t give the growth, God does.

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STOP

If the Lord’s timing isn’t right.  It doesn’t matter how many times we share.  It doesn’t matter how hard we pound.  It doesn’t matter how many Bibles we slam down on the table (yep, btdt), the hearer’s heart will be hard, and the message will fall on deaf ears.  I fear this damages the witness of Christ as much as anything our humanity does to damage our testimony. Yes, I believe sometimes we need to share the Gospel with the person next to us on that airplane. But not out of guilt.

Waiting on the Lord seems wise.

This doesn’t mean we aren’t obligated to share when the Holy Spirit prompts us. We definitely should! In fact, if we wait on His perfect timing, the hearer might be more incline to accept the call of faith.

And God can be glorified!

Linking up with the Five Minute Friday gang.  This week’s prompt:  ACCEPT.

13 Comments

  • Vicki

    09/25/2017 at 10:39 am Reply

    Wonderful post, Christy! If Christ’s followers would seek to LIVE lives of integrity and godly love the world would be amazed!
    visiting from spot #71. God bless!

  • Martha G. Brady

    09/23/2017 at 8:00 pm Reply

    great post Christy! so true. the st. francis of assissi quote is so true. waiting for GOD’s timing is helpful. our actions speak so much louder than our words most of the time don’t they?

    • Christy

      09/24/2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Our actions definitely speak louder. Sometimes in the wrong way too but God uses that for his glory too doesn’t he?

  • Christina Hubbard

    09/22/2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

    I love that you wrote on this. More action, less words. The world should know us by our love.

  • Stephanie Nelson

    09/22/2017 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I truly wish we all understood this more, because sometimes it’s so easy to make the gospel seem… almost judgmental. But being his hands and his feet, the gospel spreads and spreads. yes! I love this. Thank you Christy!

  • Tara

    09/22/2017 at 11:06 am Reply

    “Preach the Gospel if necessary use words”–St Francis of Assissi Your post made me think of these words.

    • Christy

      09/22/2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

      I love those words.

  • hopeful50

    09/22/2017 at 8:59 am Reply

    A waterer…#13 FMF

    • Christy

      09/22/2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

      Love this Susan!

  • Debby

    09/22/2017 at 7:40 am Reply

    Was it St. Francis who said “Preach the gospel and use words if necessary”? And the Psalms say not by might, not by power but by His Spirit. Right there with you on this, Christy.

    • Christy

      09/22/2017 at 5:32 pm Reply

      Yep! Sometimes words are necessary, but we must be showing Christ to the world by being set apart before they’ll even listen.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    09/22/2017 at 1:07 am Reply

    This is just great, Christy.

    I’ve never really spoken the Gospel. I’ve just tried to live so that people would say, “I want what YOU have, dude!”

    • Christy

      09/22/2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

      I beg to differ friend! You have shared the Gospel all over the place as you write your thoughts, especially in your struggle.

      Me? I’ve rarely “presented” the gospel to people. Sadly, I’ve not obeyed when I’ve felt God’s nudge and missed opportunities. I’m sad I missed it, but I also know God is big enough to send someone else that listened to him. Other times I’ve forced it on those that weren’t ready. It took me nearly 15 years before I shared my testimony or the gospel with my Dad. I lived it in front of him, imperfectly for sure but he knew me bc and ad (my death), so he saw that I was changed.

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