Thursday, November 22, 2012

Making Sure It Is Not Wasted

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Galatians, shared an insight about a trip to Jerusalem that he took after 14 years on the road preaching the gospel.  He wrote,

"I went there because God revealed to me that I should go.  While I as there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the Church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles.  I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing."  Galatians 2:2 NLT

It stood out to me because I believe every minister has seasons of wondering the same thing: Is this all wasted?"  Running the course that the gospel demands is difficult, and not without a number of trials and pitfalls.  There are definitely times where each minister is in need of meeting up with others in order to share what we've been doing, see if it is in agreement with others, and whether or not our effort has been wasted. 

Paul found out in that conversation that it wasn't wasted.  In fact, he goes on to praise the leaders in Jerusalem for their excitement over the news of his ministry and their warm reception of gentile believers.  He received affirmation from other Christian leaders. 

You may know someone that has been going through a season of wondering whether what they're doing for the gospel makes a difference.  Why not encourage them?  Let them know that their labor is not in vain.  Encourage them to take time to go meet with other Christian leaders to find out if they are in agreement and see that their effort is not in vain, and they are running the race for something.

--Ben

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