February 25, 2021 –
There once was a Christian who lived in a nice subdivision and told his neighbors about Jesus.
He introduced so many people to Jesus; his local church gave him a personal parking space near the church’s entry.
On Sunday mornings, he stood by his car and called out a friendly welcome to all the church people. He came so popularly he waited inside the church and let the people come to him. He thought, “Why should I be out knocking on doors and greeting the people on Sunday morning?”
His mantra became let someone else do the work in the trenches. He allowed others to fulfill their mission, to go you, therefore. He had done his job, and it was time to set back; and watch all the seeds he had planted become big, beautiful fruit.
As it turns out, the man cut back his time introducing people to Jesus and welcoming church visitors, and praying for lost acquaintances, studying his Bible less, and often forgot his daily prayer time.
His spiritual enthusiasm and love for people fell overnight. “He said. I’ve done many good works. I’ve stored up many rewards in heaven. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”
While this spiritual fool thought he had many rewards awaiting him. Absorbed in what he had done, the man didn’t realize there were people around him awaiting an introduction to Jesus.
Spiritual Moral: It’s an indictment of spiritual complacency to look at what you have done and not see the fields “white unto harvest.” When we fail to introduce people to the Lord—we fail. Maybe it’s the success that blinds people to the pressing needs of others.