As a preacher my heart goes out to preachers who minister in the Word which is a work where much of his fruit is never seen and, sometimes, not appreciated in this life.
The prophet Isaiah said, “But I said, ‘I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My reward with My God.'” Is a. 49:4.
I’m not where that great prophet was, I’m not so discouraged, but the nature of the faith work means every humble preacher does wonder from time to time.
Sometimes we only see the good work of the preacher in the way that we look back over our lives to see how the hand of God has worked in, through, and for us. The work of the preacher is seen through the evidence of time. His work has born visible proof which he will acknowledge is evidence of God’s work. And then sometimes he may never see that what he planted was watered a generation later and came to fruition.
I’ve known a few preachers who were clearly God’s instrument.
Floyd preached so that I knew what preaching was supposed to be. Biblical, interesting, relevant, and funny too.
Later I heard a brother preach a gospel meeting in Denver – must have been on ’86 – and while listening my soul seemed to grow a few feet taller. He talked about grace so that my love for God grew in that hour.
Still later, Dan was my teacher for a year. His preaching was without shouting or drama but the message was a well aimed arrow to the soul. He’s a hero to me.
I don’t know where I would be today without the good preaching I’ve heard over the years. And I hope such men know their faithful preaching was not vain. The years they spent on preaching has a great reward.
Men may not know the good you have done, dear preacher, but God knows and does not forget.
Said in respect for the preachers who did not veer to the left or to the right. Dan Mayfield