I used to think that our goal as humans was to witness to others, to tell them about the glory of Jesus - witness to them by sharing the gospel and asking them if they knew they would go to heaven if they died that night.
I struggled for many years trying to achieve this goal. Many pastors preached from their pulpits the importance of sharing the gospel with others. Some came close to equating it with our salvation. You were not a complete Christian if you did not do this.
Now I am a people-pleasing, conflict fearing, sweet mouthed, don’t want to offend anyone kind of person. Evangelizing was the most unnatural thing for me to do. I also remember, before I turned to God, how offended I was at others who tried to jam this information down my own throat. I didn’t like it. Nevertheless, I took classes, I prayed about it, and I cried out to God for boldness. What was wrong with me that I couldn’t reach out to a stranger and tell them about Jesus?
I studied evangelism in the Bible and soon realized that it was a gift from God. Not everyone shared it. There were different levels of witnessing. Some people planted the seed through an act of kindness or a gentle word. Others would reap the harvest with the truth of the Gospel when the crop was ready to be picked. No sense picking the crop if it wasn’t ready, the seeds had to be nourished first. Someone had to feed those seeds to prepare them for harvest.
I began to re-evaluate all I had been told about facing God on the judgment day with no saved-souls on my belt-notch. Maybe I had always done my part; I was good at planting seeds. Maybe I had been too concerned for others opinions about this - to the point that I missed what God had planned for me.
Then, a number of years ago, I heard John Bevere speak at a church in south Florida. His message was about meeting God on judgment day. He believed God’s question would be, “Have you completed my plan for you?”
That is why we are put on earth, to complete the plan God has for our lives. Different for every person, the importance is discovering what God’s plan is and working towards that goal, all your life, until it is completed. It may take all of your life to achieve it.
That plan undoubtedly touches souls, and plants and nourishes seeds, a necessary stage in turning others to Christ.
God’s plan for my life has been my passion for many years now. Although it doesn’t always move at the pace I would like, I know God has a schedule for me - in His time. I look forward to reaching the goal but desire to enjoy the journey along the way.
Philippians 3:12-14. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Figure out what God’s plan is for your life. Make your life about reaching that goal so you can someday hear those precious words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”