“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” (Psalm 2:8)
Not sure if you could couple the above with this verse from Proverbs (11:30, emphasis mine) but here goes: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
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God is so good. How do we regard the souls of other people? Do we take the time necessary to create an instance of God in the interactions, however slight, that we engage in daily? Something so simple as eye contact can be that galvanizing moment that nudges a person onto the path God wants them. Someone could have prayed for the person with whom you just interacted and wished a good day. And you could have been the answer to that prayer. Sure, the watershed moment where someone sees Jesus and gets born again will ever be remembered. But I believe each moment that led up to the big one is recorded by God alone and won’t be revealed until the hereafter.
“Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:11b)
God aims to bring as many people with us to Heaven as possible. And each person is guaranteed an audience with the Father. Acting and behaving and living in such a way to where once someone gets to see God, they’re looking at Him eyes wide open and fully-informed, is the order of the day. I find that the simpler and subtler the action, the more important it tends to be. If someone looks my way for encouragement or an uplifting gesture, and I neglect to notice or take time or be present for them, they may not look my way again when the thing gnawing on their insides begins to flare up again. Just because I had something that was gnawing at my insides, doesn’t mean I can’t take care of someone else.
Real quick, I’m reminded of a seeming paradox from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The second verse to the sixth chapter reads thus: “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Then in verse five, it says “For every man shall bear his own burden.” Interestingly enough, the first usage of “burden” connotes “weight”. The second however, is the invoice to a shipment. And while Psalm 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee”, the first entry is that which we’re able to carry whether it belongs to others or no. Now, Jesus is the one on whose strength we depend for that sort of thing. But the second idea of a mere piece of paper with instructions lends a greater weight and responsibility to the idea of a “weight” or “burden” to be carried. Two different types of burdens.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
I suppose the point I’m making is this. Read your instructions. What is it you’re going through for your life that is intended, not just to make you whole at some point in the future (you’re already complete in Christ, see Colossians 2:10), but to in turn replicate and use to help others? Because that’s what God is fitting you for. Burdens come and go. The ways in which we think about and see the things affecting us can change with the seasons. Sometimes, all it takes is a tiny tincture of insight or grace or mercy and you’ll find yourself stronger than ever before. God’ll let you wade around a bit and get your sea legs. Watch out though. You most likely will begin then to encounter in others that which was conquered in you. This is my experience and I hope what I’ve written helps. Feel free to pass it on.