“He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”            Psalm 126:6 (NASB)

How long will it take?  You know what I’m talking about.  You’ve told your best friend.  You shared the Good News about Jesus and how He has changed your life.  Surely they can see the difference in you.  Why won’t they check Him out themselves?  What’s the problem?

When you love somebody, you want them to experience the great things you’ve experienced.  You excitedly tell them all the details and eagerly expect them to want it for themselves.  But then they don’t respond like you would have thought.  What’s the problem?

When a person doesn’t immediately respond your invitation to receive Christ you begin to wonder what you said wrong or why they are reluctant.  When you start thinking about the ramifications of their rejecting Christ, it scares you and breaks your heart.  What are you to do now?

Fishers of men” are commissioned to go and proclaim the Good News to everyone, everywhere.  (Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8).  And because the Good News makes so much sense to you and has radically changed your life, you really can’t believe anyone would reject the Good News when they hear it.  But some do.  What is going on?

It’s important to remember that the Holy Spirit deals with each one of us individually.  He is preparing and convicting our hearts of our sinful condition and need for redemption.  Just because you share the Gospel with a person doesn’t mean they are ready to repent and turn to Christ.  Your words are like seeds that are being planted in fertile ground.  It will take some time before you see a response or new life.  But when you do, it will certainly produce within you a shout of joy.

The lesson for all of us in this passage is that our role is that of a seed planter.  Expect results…but don’t expect all to respond immediately.  Some will receive Christ immediately because of previous seed planted that you are not aware of.  But most will need time to think about it.  God will use what you say to penetrate the facades and protective walls that they erect to protect themselves.  The waiting will often seem unbearable and produce many tears.  But, as the Psalmist said,

“He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”    Psalm 126:6  (NASB)

So, don’t give up.  Go on…do some fishing today.

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