A young man I admire was expressing, shall we say, a little bit of an evangelistic comedown recently.
He’s been sharing his faith with a number of people at work and school, including some longer-term contacts whom he’s met frequently with. An enthusiastic person by nature (he approaches little in life without his signature fervency), he loved telling us about how God was moving.
Lately, those contacts seem to have run into dead ends. Though seemingly open at first, they have clammed up, stopped meeting, stopped returning calls. And it left him wondering whether he’d gotten a little…too excited?
I thought about it for a while.
My answer is no – the rest of us aren’t excited enough.
Sure, I’m used to people being closed to the Gospel and witnessing efforts running dry.
But lately, seeing this guy loving his calling has made me envious. He’d really had an expectation that God would move. That God didn’t move – yet, in our timing, or in our way – isn’t the final word. In the meantime, he had an infectious joy that made me wonder whether I, with my years of experience and disappointment under my belt, was more seasoned or truthfully just no longer held expectations.
Well, I’ve become cynical about cynicism now. I want that joy back. I want to love, serve, and witness believing that God is doing more than the eye can see. Throughout Scripture, we see that. God moving above the clouds, beneath the surface, in thunderings from heaven and still small voices. Nothing is as it seems. Nothing is hopeless as it seems.
For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
The good news isn’t a spitball. Though the field seems brown and dry, the God who saves sinners has plans to restore its life. We are his workers. And the wheels are turning, whether we see them or not.
Let’s go back to sharing the Gospel as if we believe it’s doing something. There’s only one way to prove we really believe it.