Coming to a saving faith in Christ Jesus usually involves a process. There is so much going on behind the scenes of one’s heart and soul that we don’t know or see. Someone could be praying for a friend or a loved over a long period of time. In what seems like a random encounter of sharing the gospel, becomes a divine appointment. The Lord uses a soul to answer a question, provide an example, or simply offers words of encouragement from God’s Word. That could be the moment where faith springs up from a dormant seed planted years ago.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
God can use many people to open hearts to the message of the gospel. There is a process of sowing and there is a process of reaping. We are not the only instrument of God’s work. Like a full orchestra, there are a variety of instruments needed to play the sweet song of grace. So, we should not exalt ourselves in our particular role, nor feel discouraged in our lack of reaping. We just need to be humbly open and willing to play any part of the process.
Our prayer can be, “Lord Jesus, as part of Your body, I work together with other Christians everywhere for Your good purposes and for Your glory. We each have different functions or roles, but it is through Your Spirit’s lifeblood working through believers that people come to faith in You. Remind me that I don’t work alone as You have made me part of Your body. Help me live this truth as I work together with all Christians towards Your common goal – bringing others to a life with You. Amen.”