Friday, February 5, 2010
This devotion really spoke to my heart today. The thing that stuck out to me is that we in the ministry have to realize that sometimes we only have a season to minister and influence people that we are in contact with. When our time is over and let me assure you, it does end for one reason or another..we have to learn to let go and let God do the rest. My prayer is that they will continue to grow and that His will be done in their lives.
February 5, 2010
Like A Tree
READ: Ephesians 4:11-16
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. —Psalm 1:3
In the quietness of my final years I plan to watch a tree grow—a birch tree I planted as a tiny sapling over 30 years ago. It stands now in mature splendor, just outside our picture window—beautiful in every season of the year.
So it is with our spiritual endeavors: We may have planted, watered, and fussed over our “saplings” (those we’ve mentored) for a time, but only God can make a “tree.”
Occasionally I hear from those I ministered to years ago, and discover to my delight that they have grown to maturity and have been greatly used of God—with no help from me. It’s a gentle reminder that I plant and water for a while, and help others “grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15). But only God “gives the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
German theologian Helmut Thielicke writes, “The man who doesn’t know how to let go, who is a stranger to quiet, confident joy in Him who carries out His purposes without us (or also through us or in spite of us), in Him who makes the trees grow . . . that man will become nothing but a miserable creature in his old age.”
So, at my age, I may yet tend a sapling or two, but mostly I will let go and watch them grow. — David H. Roper
A Prayer: Lord, I want to be used by You in others’ lives. Teach me from Your Word so that I can help others follow You. And enable me to let go and trust You to work in them. Amen.
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