don’t focus on immediate results


by Pastor Mark Jordan

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10, NIV)

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I tease, of course. One of the things that can hinder our focus on deep impact living is a delay in results. As we conclude this series for the week, I want us to spend some time here, because it is critically important for us to reconcile when we don’t see things going the way we want.

I hope you have spent some time this week turning your idle time into impact time; keeping the main thing the main thing; resting; waking up earlier; and spending time with other difference makers. Has everything gone according to desire or plan? Of course not. So what do you do? Do you think, fret, or fear that impact living isn’t possible, God doesn’t care, or even worse, God isn’t real? I pray not! Perspective is essential.

Someone once pointed out that when God wants to make a mushroom, He takes six hours, but when He wants to make an oak tree, He takes sixty years. Impact living can time time to learn, and it can take time to see the results. As impatient as we are, we can allow these delays to feel like denials, when in reality, they might just be about giving other people opportunities to learn the lessons you’ve already learned. Remember iron sharpening iron? We are all at a different place on the road in our journey with God, so don’t give up!

Today’s Bible lesson is one I hope you will take to heart. It is easy to get weary in doing good when you don’t see the results you want and expect. God is taking time to give all people the opportunity to turn to Him, and all seem to work at different speeds and on different time tables. There can be a temptation to quit, leave, and go to a different “field” where the harvest looks better. DON’T! Trust God to bring the harvest He promised. Consider as well, Hebrews 10:24-25, and commit to live by it: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (NIV).

I want you to live a life of DEEP IMPACT! God wants you to live a life of DEEP IMPACT! So remember the suggestions we’ve explore this week, and seek to live in such a way where your life points others to God — turn your idle time into impact time; keep the main thing the main thing; rest; wake up earlier; spend time with other difference makers; and of course, don’t fret when the results come in ways and times other than what to expect.

May we all go live lives of deep impact!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the time you spend developing everyone in the world, and even — if not especially — me. Forgive me the times I get discouraged and want to quit, leave, or head to a different field where I think the harvest is more to my liking. I want to live a deep impact life, and I want to live it for you. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.