Taking a few weeks off has allowed me to see the scope of God’s work. Now I know – I still see a fraction of a fraction of a fraction – but taking a break from the day to day of church has given me a chance to see God’s actions afresh. The lesson so far is this: God plants people in places, and far more than we know.
Within the church, I have been blessed by many conversations with people who have wanted to say something for a long time. Taking a break, people have approached me to say, I have always wanted to tell you but never had the chance to say… and then an amazing story ensues. God planted – right person, right place, right time.
Equally as powerful has been how many Christ-followers in business, nonprofits, the public sector, education – are inspired by Jesus and every day work relentlessly on His behalf. They are our Daniel, Cornelius, Rahab and even a Moses or two in our own time. They are people of great faith living in a secular world and yet making an impact for Jesus every day. Impressive.
I suppose I knew the truth – God is always more active than you know – but over the last few weeks I have seen followers of Jesus making an amazing difference out in the world for Him. It’s as if they were planted there. Jesus put it this way –
What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams. – Matthew 13:4
Over recent weeks I have met many producing a harvest beyond his wildest dreams. I find that line funny – surely a farmer can dream a bumper crop. But beyond what a farmer can even dream? – that is what Jesus is going for…
What do you make of this? – he asked. It is the question Jesus is asking me, and perhaps you as well.
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