Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mission of Futility (Isaiah 6)
It was the same for me, in my final year of legal practice that blessing upon blessing came upon my firm and not only was I occupied with all the cases I could take on but also most of the cases I took achieved quick resolution and with that I earned my fees in quick time. Knowing that the Lord could bless me in my business despite my unworthiness I knew the Lord was trustworthy and powerful to provide for me if I went into full-time ministry and become a fisherman of men. In my first 4 years of ministry I had preached to tens of thousands in nearly 100 villages, preaching over 300 sermons in the process. The Isaiah text was never far from my mind and as my ministry progressed in time, it dawned on me that not everyone had faith and many people were equally hardened like Isaiah's target audience. The Lord encouraged me to soldier on because it was faithfulness and obedience to the call and mission that mattered, not success as measured by worldly standard. The prophet Isaiah was tasked and sent into a mission of futility for very few of his countrymen would listen to him. Even now sometimes I wonder whether anyone is listening to what I witnessed of the Lord - the things I have heard and seen from the Lord and His words of holiness. On one hand, there seems to be a big catch of fish - I am preaching in many churches and to many people and my classes are well attended, but alas how many really paid attention and believed the testimony of the Lord through his servant for who is blind but my Servant and who is deaf but the Servant I sent, saith the Lord.
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