Waiting for the Harvest

Aug 20, 2013  |     |   General

This is my first experience working in what I would deem to be a ministry setting. It is my job to witness to the men who join the recovery programs. It is an amazing and exciting opportunity, and I love seeing the changes that God brings about in men who choose to follow him. The difficult part, however, is when we do not see the changes that we hope for – or at least, we don’t always see them in the timeline that we want to see them in. It is hard to see people continue on in their sin, not following the Lord, and to see the pain that it brings to them. I hate to say it, but I find that over time this leads me towards becoming frustrated and judgmental. It’s in times like that where I have to think back at the example that Christ set for us when he encountered the woman caught in adultery:

“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

I also remind myself of the words of the apostle Paul, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

I know that in my own life, it was the love and the grace of God that gently yet persistently continued to draw me back to him. It was words of encouragement and life that kept me going when I felt like giving up because of the weight of condemnation that I felt. I pray that I never forget this, and that the Lord will continue to use me to draw others back to him.

Sorry it’s a bit long, but this was what was on my heart this morning

Thanks! 

Jeremy Settle

Garland Thompson Men’s Center

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