Post from my old blog – October 22, 2010
What if God was to tell you that the more you Preach to people the more spiritually deaf and blind they will become? Would you still be excited and willing to do it?
Generally when we think of calling & ministry, we are quickly grabbed by the thoughts of fruitfulness and success. Before ever answering the call to preach, when we were serving in our mother church, we would always envision ourselves being able to win our friends and family to Christ. It was preached to us, taught to us, and demonstrated to us that as we live for Jesus and make the gospel known it is just a matter of time before people will respond.
Through the years you see a lot of people come and go out of the church. It’s at this point a very dangerous attitude can develop. Now if you don’t keep a right view of God or you let pride get in the way, then this can begin to make you cynical about people and begin to doubt what God says concerning fruitfulness. Eventually this plays out in discouragement, and prevents you from ever seeing what God can do. It has been said before “If the devil cannot get you to backslide, then his next aim is to make you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.”
In my own study & reading of the book of Isaiah 6:8-11 we read about a mans response to a call. It struck me that shortly after Isaiah answered the call to be a prophet, God quickly told him is mission!
Isa 6:8-10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” NKJV
Why would He send His minister to people who the more you preach to them the worse off they become? How discouraging this could be, if we didn’t know that this was God’s Will. The soul winner inside of us wants to see people touched and saved, brought to the Kingdom of God. Ultimately we want our words to help people make it for God!
This is where we learn something about God. Isaiah was not to get caught up in the peoples response level, but his CALLING ultimately meant he was going to preach God’s message, because this was God’s Will & desire for his life. Now I am not advocating Laziness or an attitude of complacency. Or that we should feel justified if we don’t have people in our churches. But what I am pointing out is that there is a danger when we minister and we feel like we are not having any impact.
How do you view Isaiah? Would you say he was a success or a failure? After all, we never read about him having a MEGA CHURCH or having his own slot on TBN. Scripture holds him up as one of the most powerful men of the bible. As a matter of fact, we find that he prophesied more about Jesus Christ than any other prophet in the bible. Isaiah was a man with a calling from God, and he was faithful to it no matter the outcome. May it be said about you and me, that we were found faithful to the end.