First of all, I just want to thank the fabulous Emmie for letting me share with you today. It’s an honor! Thanks, Emmie!
One of the most discouraging things to a minister (someone who shares the Gospel whether young or old) is not seeing their impact they’re trying to make.
“Is what I’m doing important? Does it really matter? Is it really helping anybody?”
The short answer? Y-E-S!
The long answer? Yes, and you shouldn’t be discouraged if you’re not seeing the impact. Let’s dive in a little deeper and find out why.
SO YOU MIGHT NOT BE SEEING THE RESULTS YOU WANT.
That’s our first problem. We pour our heart and soul into doing something to reach others and bring God glory but… the impact doesn’t look to be as big as we expected it to be.
We don’t have as many followers as we know we should have on our Christian blogs.
We haven’t seen as many people give their hearts to Jesus as we set our goals for.
People just don’t seem to get it.
So does that mean we aren’t making an impact at all?
DON’T LOOK AT THE OUTWARD RESULTS.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
If all we ever did was go by how things looked like, yeah, we’d be finished. Any dummy can look at a follower count and go “oh, that’s low.” It takes a real person of faith to look at the same thing and see the precious hearts and souls of people behind that count.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
God doesn’t only throw a party when 100 people get saved. All of Heaven rejoices over one precious soul who comes to Jesus.
Numbers really don’t mean a thing; first point them to the King. Whether ten people got saved or a hundred, don’t focus on the numbers. Focus on keeping at what God’s told you to do.
BOTTOM LINE: YOU DON’T KNOW THE IMPACT.
The bottom line is that you don’t know. You don’t know the seeds you’ve planted in people’s hearts. You don’t know the untold impact you had in encouraging someone with the love of God. You don’t know the stories. You don’t know just how God is using what you’ve consecrated and dedicated to Him.
Not everyone tells you about the impact you’ve had on them. I know I don’t—with 300 blogs I follow, I can’t comment on every single post. And I can’t shake every preacher’s hand or track down a random stranger and tell them I liked what they said.
But there are still certain posts that stick out to me this day that have encouraged me in reminding me that little, everyday things you do for people matter. There are messages I’ve listened to that the preacher has no idea that they have radically changed my life and brought me out of being a pessimist.
They don’t know my story. They don’t know the impact they’ve had on me. And they don’t let that stop them.
Never let yourself become discouraged by what it looks like. Because when you trust God and use what you have to bring Him glory and share Jesus with others, He will use you to do great and mighty things for the Kingdom of God, even if it doesn’t look like it on the outside. Because ultimately, you’renot really the one making the impact—God is working through you.
Give God your best, then let Him do what He does best and trust that He know what He’s doing.
Challenge yourself this week!
If you have a passion for sharing Jesus with people, don’t be daunted by what it looks like! Don’t let outward appearances and what things look like hold you back. You don’t know what God is doing through your life and talents. Keep at it!
Madison Grace is a professional blogger, writer, doll collector, & minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to traveling and speaking to youth, she blogs about living an undefeated lifestyle at madigrace.org, professional doll collecting at delightfulworldofdolls.com, and writing excellent moral fiction at madisongraceauthor.com.