This verse gently reminds me that I can tell story after story, but still not know the effect, whether great or small. And I’m also reminded that the focus of our work is not in numbers, not in stories, and not in the adventure. It’s in relating the glory of God for the purpose of reconciliation. As you read the next few stories from this blog, consider God’s hand at work and the way in which He is elevated to a high place of honor and glory. For when we go as we are called and share as we are commissioned, He works. Through sinful man, He works. Whether five people on the train hear the gospel and are saved or the young lady in the park said “no” to Him, He works. We cannot know and we cannot measure.
John also reminds us here that knowledge of Christ, no matter the testimony, is still partial, and everything Jesus did during his three and a half years on earth is unreported and unknown. Christ can never be known exhaustively, and therefore, His work through us can never be known exhaustively. Each person will come away from a mission trip with a different story, a different testimony and a different perspective.
I was in Russia for a total of 15 days, and in that time I saw and heard many great and wonderful testimonies of transformation. But I will only share a few so that you can know the amazing ways in which God works in Russia. And even if I were to share all that I heard and saw, it still would be a partial report. Much happens in the spiritual realm that is left hidden from us, and whether we work abroad temporarily, permanently or stay home, we must be acutely aware of that truth.
In a short commentary found in WORLD magazine, HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson writes, “Proclaiming the Gospel is not just for the salvation of individual souls—though it is just that—but also for the reconciliation of the world. Scripture clearly states that Christ came to reconcile all creation to himself which makes our message more, not less, compelling.”
May God have the GLORY. Amen.
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NASB)