Jesus tells us in the Great Commission that he will always be with us to the very end of the age. That promise is coupled with the fact that whenever we are placed in a position to be his witnesses and words do not form on our lips, then he will give us the words to say (v. 20). It will not be you speaking, but the Holy Spirit speaking through you.
By worshipping God in sharing God’s Word, we take the focus away from ourselves. There, we find His strength. By the power of the Holy Spirit, his strength becomes our strength.
When you read through the Bible, heroes jump off the pages. Normal people whom God tasks and when they take that first step of faith “something takes over.” Something unseen from within becomes seen throughout. The frightened and scattered disciples become pillars of faith. The most unlikely little boy becomes a slayer of a giant.
I want to share my simple story for two reasons: one, for other Christians to be encouraged to share and to sow the seeds of what it means to be truly saved; two, for other members of the LDS faith that maybe feel like I did, and are hoping that they are not alone.
Personal notes and emails of appreciation along with ongoing prayers for the work being done are like diamonds that glisten in the sun. They are priceless. Sometimes the Lord uses these words at a perfect time. When trials and difficulty parch the soul, words of encouragement bring much needed nourishment to revitalize the commitment, effort, and passion it takes to carry out ministry.
When sharing God’s Word with others who appear disinterested or hostile to God, sometimes people focus on the walls and not the people. “They are unreachable!” we try to convince ourselves. “Their walls of false teaching are too high! Their hearts are impenetrable!”
God’s ambassadors sow the seeds of God’s Word by delivering an all-important message. Christians take joy when those seeds take root and a person comes to faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is joy in the harvest and we are reminded that joy can also be found in the act of sowing.
Sharing the message of reconciliation between God and all people is really not about us, but about God. As a result, we can place our whole confidence in the power of the message, not ourselves. We withstand the temptation to judge the effectiveness of the message, by how a person responds. Some will accept God’s message, most will reject it. Our job as God’s ambassadors is to simply deliver the message trusting God’s promises that His Word is at work.