Sidewalk Prophets

Seems funny to me that Noah preached 120 years with no converts to talk about but his immediate family. Poor guy. One can almost empathize that he “planted a vineyard, got drunk, and layed in his tent naked,” after it was over. But God was pleased with Noah. Why is this? He was faithful to his calling despite seeing the immediate results. In fact “results” were not even what God had in his plan for Noah. Noah was to be a sign, a warning. He was warning the world of the judgment to come, he was faithful to do that and he left the results to God. Noah did what he was called to do, period. That’s all that matters. We are not called to produce results we are called to pray, compel them to come in, preach the gospel, and leave the rest to God. In the words of Paul one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Don’t get caught up in results; sometimes you can’t see them! Just be faithful to your calling, do the work of the ministry, and be the right person God has called you to be. In the end, this is pleasing to God. Oh and try not to laugh at the guy on the sidewalk with an “end is near” sandwich board, he just might be sent by God.

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