I suffered vertigo over the weekend because of over fatigue. The past weeks have been terribly hectic for me as a preacher. And finally, last weekend, my body gave way.
It is in moments like those — when a busy person is forced to rest by circumstances — when he begins to start questioning many things about why he does what he does.
I asked, “Why do I preach?”
“Why can’t I just practice my profession as a lawyer and not bother to preach anymore?”
“Why not hold a regular job just like everybody else?”
“Do I really have what it takes — talents, gifts, resources — to make a difference in the world with what I do?”
“Am I just wasting my time and energy with this mission work?”
“Am I chasing the wind with my idealism?”
The Gospel today saved me from this self-destructive thought pattern. Jesus said,
“…I tell you, just so, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent…” (Luke 15:7)
This is why I do what I do.
Bringing people to Christ. Helping people come to know the true source of life, peace and joy. Getting people to accept Him as their Lord and Master.
It doesn’t matter if very few respond. It isn’t a big deal if others will choose to say no. It doesn’t matter if a good number will close their hearts from His love.
All it takes is for one soul to say “yes” to Jesus, and I have enough reason to continue with my mission. To continue preaching. To continue writing. To continue serving.
Yes, all it takes is one soul. One soul to fuel my ministry. One soul to motivate this fumbling preacher. One soul to energize this wearied body.
All it takes is one soul to get vertigo out of the way.