Discipleship Isn’t Always Fun

We’ve been ministering at the Castaway Motel for about eight months. Some of the residents have spilled into other motels and we keep in touch. I’ve spent a lot of time developing new friendships and trying to explain to them their need for Jesus. Needless to say, it hasn’t been easy. Some weeks I want to stay in my comfortable world of oblivion and forget they even exist. I wish I could tell you a bunch of stories of lives that have changed as a result. I wish I could tell you that hundreds have repented and are now serving the Lord faithfully. I wish I could tell you everyone invited attended the banquet last month. But unfortunately, I can’t say that.

Instead, my heart feels heavy as very few of my new friends are ready to ditch their lives to follow Jesus. Some are not convinced they need to repent at all. Some just want a ride or food. Some have had their fill of religion. Others are not convinced He is worth it.

Sometimes I am overeager like the two blind men described in Matthew 9:28. They shout for Jesus to heal them, to give them sight.  Only to have Jesus respond with a question, “Do you think I can do this?” I sense Jesus impress this same question on my heart daily. “Kelli, do you think I can do this? Do you believe I have the power to save these people?”

The good news is that I often see God do supernatural things. My problem is that I expect these miracles to result in a mini motel revival, but now I understand what Jesus meant when He said, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:31).

Lately, my weary soul finds comfort that Jesus never promised revival; in fact, He told us to expect the opposite (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Even when people saw the supernatural, it usually didn’t lead to repentance (Luke 10:13). They had Jesus right in front of them and they still couldn’t see the Truth. What Jesus did promise was that we would have His presence with us as we made disciples (Matthew 28:20). This I have definitely witnessed.

I find myself needing encouragement. This post is to encourage myself now and for years to come. I hope it encourages you too. I used to think that ministry was only successful if there were people falling on their faces and coming to Christ. This isn’t necessarily true. For those who are sharing Christ without much result, without seeing any fruit, take heart and continue to endure. We may not often see repentance in the harvest, but we do experience God being with us; and we do enjoy the peace knowing we tried. And that makes it all worth it, because He is worth it, worth ditching my plans for, worth losing my life for…

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

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01.04.13

You did and are doing exactly as the Father has asked of you. Count all of your work as JOY! Count it all joy! (James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials….) You have planted seeds and that is your job. And, oh, what great and lasting seeds you have planted! People are listening more than you can see or feel. Get going and plant those seeds! You are His most wonderful child! I love and support you and yours! ~Cynthia
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