By Pastor Dale Walker, Legislative Chaplain
I’d like to offer some post-election thoughts in hopes that they may encourage other servants of God.
God has not called us to win in the world’s eyes, but He has called us to be faithful.
Our task is to faithfully deliver God’s message to those He sends our way. When God commissioned Jeremiah, He told him, “You shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak” (Jeremiah 1:7b). Our calling in the most basic sense is the same as Jeremiah’s calling. We are called to go wherever God sends and speak whatever He says to whomever He decides. This is true whether we are pastors, evangelists or any other faithful believer bearing witness to our friends and neighbors.
In some cases, we may get wonderful responses. However, in many cases, this does not happen. Jeremiah was a faithful witness, but the people to whom he spoke did not receive his message nor did they listen to Isaiah, Ezekiel and many of God’s other faithful prophets. Noah preached for many years and only seven people listened to him. Yet, God commends him for being faithful in Hebrews 11:7.
The Apostle Paul faithfully delivered God’s Word and received various responses. In some places, he was well-received while in others he had to escape for his very life. He ended up in prison just for being faithful to God’s calling. And regarding this, he testified: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also who love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
What should our response be when we have fought a noble and good fight and the results are not what we hoped they would be? We must keep delivering God’s message to whomever He sends us regardless of the responses we receive. It is not at all unusual for people to share the message of Christ and have people refuse to receive it. This happened to Jesus, Himself (see Matthew 11:21), but He did not stop preaching and teaching the Word of God everywhere He went. New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation has been doing this for decades and we are not going to stop. Once again, let’s keep in mind: we are not called to win in the world’s eyes; we are called to be faithful.
And on that day, when God gives out His rewards, there will be a crown given out to those who have taken this calling seriously and they will hear these words from the lips of Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Meanwhile, let’s just keep faithfully doing what we have been called to do and leave the results to God.