Doing What We Can
READ: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15
He who plants and he who waters are one, and each
one will receive his own reward. —1 Corinthians 3:8
Sometimes we may get discouraged because
what we’re doing for the Lord seems unsuccessful. The children in the Sunday
school class we teach are restless and inattentive. The neighbors we’re trying
to reach with the gospel are politely indifferent. The members of our own
family are far from the Lord. The world we lift up to God in fervent
intercession grows increasingly violent and anti-Christian. All of this can add
up to deep soul-discouragement.
Listen to the words of a Salvadoran
clergyman who was murdered for his fearless denunciation of violence and
injustice. He wrote: "We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water
seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay
foundations that will need further development. . . . We cannot do everything,
and there’s a sense of liberation in realizing that." This attitude helps
us to do small things and to leave "an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to
enter and do the rest."
That agrees with the apostle Paul’s
encouragement to be faithful in our tasks and to wait on God who "gives
the increase" (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
Don’t allow discouragement to cause you to
quit. In God’s own time our work will bear fruit. —Vernon C
Go, labor on, spend, and be spent,
Thy joy to do Thy Father’s will;
It is the way the Master went;
Should not the servant tread it still? —Bonar
are a success in God’s kingdom if you are faithful where He has placed you.