Pastor stated that we all have “defining moments” in our life. Some are good, some are bad. Some come through firsts and some through losses. As good examples he noted being called to ministry; wedding; learning he would become a father; and each of his sons accepting Christ. There are also moments of loss, in jobs, finances, health and death.
The “Church” (global) has moments too, such as reformation and persecution. These moments impact individuals and groups. Another defining moment is the passing of the mantel of leadership to a new servant. Every defining moment includes a definite opportunity.
Summarizing the parable of the sower (Matthew 13: 3- 22), the seeds fall in four scenarios: the path, rocky soil, thorns and good soil. Seeds falling on the path may get snatched away. Those falling on rocky soil with no roots never grow. Those falling among the thorns start to grow but are choked out. Finally, those that fall into good soil hear the message, understand and bear fruit.
Each service to God is a journey in the process, not an immediate event. Each believer is a sower. Each believer that is good soil should be producing a good crop. Listening and absorbing God’s word is not enough; faithfulness is not enough. We each need to be fruitful.
We must recognize that there is opportunity to be fruitful in each defining moment. There is peace in Jesus even through pain. "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Isaiah 52:7, Nahum 1:15, and Romans 10:15. We should all use the talents we are given. As we prove fruitful, we will receive more opportunities. As the Pastor mentioned, we should all rejoice in changing the rosters of heaven and hell. The local church can make a difference when we acknowledge our relationship with Jesus to those around us in the world. Right now, as our society sinks into more and more turmoil we can know that the name of Jesus makes the world uncomfortable because He shines a light on the darkness of souls. We have an opportunity to allow God to use us; to become sowers, the feet of whom bring good news to a troubled world.
Once again I was looking for one song but was led to this lovely piece!
Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)
How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
I pray: Help me Lord to be bold to take the Good News to those I meet near and far.