A friend of mine, Sandra Heska King, shared these words on her blog:
This mission field is littered with lies.
That we can’t make a difference.
That nobody is listening.
That we are wasting our time. ~ Reflections on @stickyJesus: Chapter 8
Her words spoke to me at a time when I needed encouraging. Do we really listen to the words of Jesus? Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
Or do we listen to the world, the world that tells us people are offended by our words, that “we are wasting our time”?
If we present our words graciously, seasoned with salt, we will never waste our time when we speak God’s word.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
Why do we Christians often fail to speak his word? We know “it will not return . . . . empty, but will accomplish what (God) desires.” We have become so fearful people will be “burned” by the word, that we fail to illuminate.
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
We have this ministry. What ministry? Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:6--He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant. The “new covenant.” The New Testament. The Gospel. The Message. This Treasure.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
We are imperfect, jars of clay, yet we carry a perfect message, a perfect treasure.
And my friend reminded me:
And we who walk in light must carry the light to a shadow land where people hide . . . ~ Friday Fuel for the Weekend: Light
We are but clay vessels, imperfect, and often our words will not be all that they need to be. But if we strive to make our words HIS WORDS, it will be enough.
We are his voice, his instrument, the carriers of his light.
May his light shine through.