plant seeds, even if you don’t see the harvest

29 03 2007

You may never know what will become of the seeds you plant.  Consider this true story as told by Doug Batchelor :

When Robert Moffat, Scottish missionary to Africa, came back to recruit helpers in his homeland, he was greeted by the fury of a very cold British winter.  Arriving at the church where he was to speak, he noted that only a small group had braved the elements to hear his appeal.

Although no one responded to Moffat’s call for volunteers for mission service in Africa, the challenge thrilled a young boy who had come to work the bellows of the organ.  Deciding that he would follow in the footsteps of this pioneer missionary, he went on to school, obtained a degree in medicine, married Moffat’s daughter, Mary, and spent the rest of his life ministering to the unreached tribes of Africa.  His name: David Livingstone!

Obviously Robert Moffat eventually found out his influence, when David Livingstone married his daughter and continued the missionary work in Africa.  But it took many years to see the harvest from that appeal he made.  And in many cases, we’ll never know.

Our job is not to produce the harvest but to plant the seeds.  Faithfully do what God leads you to do, whether it’s preaching, teaching, singing, testifying, helping people, etc.  Trust Him to take care of the results.  We can’t make someone respond to our message; we can only be faithful in doing what we are supposed to be doing.

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