It is Well with My Soul
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.Revelation 3:10
In this life we experience emotional sorrow, hurt, and pain that seems impossible to alleviate. For Christians it’s often the sorrow of someone not receiving Christ, or walking away from Christ into the way of the world. How do we endure these types of hardships when we minister to someone who continues to remain a lost soul?
How do you think Jesus felt when he ministered to the Jews and many refused to believe he was the Messiah? Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (Matthew 23:37) This verse reveals Jesus’ sad heart over the sinful Israelites. Can you imagine the sadness for the Father and Son over all the lost souls; they who have perfect love for everyone? How did Jesus cope with his hurt over lost souls?
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) What the Lord wants us to do is to continue ministering to lost souls and to pray for those souls who haven’t accepted the truth. Look into eternity and seek to point every soul you encounter toward heaven. Remember we are not God and we cannot change people; our task is to reflect God’s love and bring them the truth. We cannot make people accept Christ because God gave everyone free will to choose Christ or to choose the way of the world.
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) We endure by continuing in doing good, and the Lord sustains us through anything Satan puts in our paths. This is what Jesus did when the Pharisees rejected the truth. He continued ministering to others. It is the same with us. We keep ministering. We continue to look for souls who will receive Christ, and when they refuse Christ we keep searching. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
When we minister to people who receive Christ, we help them in ministering to others. In turn, making more disciples for Christ who spread the truth. We can train them by taking them with us to help in our ministry, such as helping teach a Bible class or joining in a prayer breakfast. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
The Lord sustains us by leading us in ministering to lost souls. It seems nothing helps us to endure more than the motivation that comes from helping and ministering to others. It’s amazing how helping and ministering to others helps to heal our own past.
Today, keep looking ahead to the plan God has for you. Remember to step off your own throne and be God’s servant. Allow God to be God in your life and trust the Lord completely because this is what pleases him. He loves you beyond your imagination and he wants to mold you into the likeness of his Son. He alone gives you life to the full, and he is preparing a place for you in heaven. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3)
Let’s Pray: Lord, give me the strength and endurance to move forward in life serving you. Help me to overcome any pain and hurt in my life and to be sustained by your perfect love. Thank you Lord for always being with me, and for helping me through life until I reach my eternal home with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.