I was traveling through southeastern Minnesota this past week and hit by an unexpected winter storm. People in Minnesota are used to ice, snow, wind, and frigid temperatures. They are not use to being hit this early.
Field corn was still waiting to be harvested. In the snow and frigid temperatures, combines were slowly making its way to grab the remaining heads of corn still in the stalk.
A comparison can be made between Christian missionaries and experienced farmers. When planting the seeds of God’s Word, missionaries can have the same confidence of an experienced farmer when they plant their fields with good, reliable seed. The farmer fully expects a harvest, and so do we. It is a matter of trusting God’s timetable.
Farmers are hard workers. They also appreciate the blessings that God provides in his fields. Perhaps the same can be said for Christians who share God’s Word. There are blessings associated with planting the seeds of the gospel that can be both unexpected and life-changing.
Here are three blessings that Christians receive when sharing God’s Word with others.
1. They experience the promise of receiving the presence of God (Matt. 28:19-20)
2. They experience the promise that God will provide the words to speak (Mark 13:10-11)
3. They experience the benefits of working out their salvation despite fear and trembling (Phi. 2:12-13)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB)
When God calls Christians to go, teach, and baptize in the name of the Triune God, he promises that they will not be alone. When Christian missionaries proclaim the message of the gospel, they share the power of the Holy Spirit in the message and the presence of the Holy Spirit while delivering the message. When fears dissolve and a gentle, calm spirit appears, when nerves disappear and peace reigns in our hearts and mind — these are fruits of remaining in Christ’s presence. An awe-inspired thrill resonates within our soul by coming to the knowledge that sharing God’s Word is not about us, but the message.
When Christian missionaries give witness to their faith, they are also introducing the presence of Christ to those who are lost in sin.
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. And when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit. (Mark 13:10-11, NASB)
A Christian will not have to fear arrest for sharing the gospel in America, but they still can receive God’s promise. When engaged in a conversation about God’s Word, there will be times when we do not know what to say. There will be times when we do not know how to answer a good question or explain a Bible verse. When the answer escapes us, we can turn to God for help and ask Him to keep His promise.
It’s an amazing experience when God provides Christians the words to say. When this happens, it causes a Christian to sit back in awe at the words that are coming out of their mouths. Experiencing the presence of God when sharing God’s Word with others is life-changing. Our faith is never quite the same again.
“So then, my believed, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, but to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13, NASB)
One of the greatest exercises of our Christian faith is sharing our faith. Long, dormant muscles are used. And when muscles are used, they become stronger. When weak muscles attempt to lift a heavy weight, they tend to tremble in its strain. A spirit of fear and trembling come from weak spiritual muscles. They are created to be bold and courageous. It is during those times of fear and trembling — that we realize how much we need God. In weakness, we experience His strength.
One of the great mysteries of our faith is that Christ dwells in us. This means that we are not the ones who are exercising our spiritual muscles, but Christ is using them according to His will. Many times, a Christian missionary will not experience the joy of reaping, but will find joy in sowing. They become a part of a holy process of being God’s servant. When Christians exercise their faith, they receive the benefits of growing and maturing in the faith by exercising muscles they have never used before.
Experience God’s presence by sharing God’s Word with others. You don’t even have to go on a mission trip. God has already placed you in a field right outside your door.
For more encouragement on sharing God’s Word, I recommend the following post from tilm.org: