The Apostle Paul writes about how one man plants a seed, another waters it and yet still another realizes its fruit. God does not expect us to “win” souls for Christ… He expects us to be faithful.
I observed a great example of this principle on Sunday. We share a special relationship with an elderly lady at our church. However, to know her is anything but geriatric. She is full of life and as an overflow of her love for the Lord and others, she embodies joy. Her name is Patty.
Our family hasn’t known Patty long but the Lord has used her as a huge encouragement to us. When some of my work was recently hung on display at Northwest Bible Church, Patty took it upon herself to make “public service announcements” to her Sunday school class and the senior citizens group that meets during the week… she even gave guided tours, sharing with others what she had heard me say about each of my paintings.
Recently, Patty purchased a print of one of my paintings called “Revealed.” I was encouraged by her purchase but that vote of confidence was soon to be outdone. Patty took her print to a professional framer. As she explained what she wanted done, the craftsman began to ask questions about the content of the picture. Within a few moments, Patty had the opportunity to share the Gospel message using my painting as a visual!
Patty took the finished product home and displayed it in her living room. A few days later she hosted her granddaughter’s graduation party. As friends and family gathered, Patty once more shared the intended message of the painting with her visitors.
God uniquely allows us to share in His message of hope and salvation. For some of us, we are allowed to “speak” the Gospel visually, others are entrusted to share the message through words. He calls one to sow and one to reap (John 4:37). The question is not so much, “who does what?” It is whether or not we are faithful where he has placed us. How are you using your gifts to make Him known?