The Slow Method

is more glorious.

Romans 10:14–21 (NKJV)

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Publicly confessing Christ is just the start. Christians should be involved in spreading the gospel to people who desperately need it.

The art of the gospel is a wonderous thing. While there were many confirming miracles at the beginning, the plan now is to convey the gospel through the simple efforts of an amazingly flawed bunch of people—us.

God could have used lots of Hollywood style special effects to make spreading the gospel simple. With the right miracles, I could convince anyone.

Except that I couldn’t. Moses had all the special effects and Pharaoh didn’t budge.

Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said. — Exodus 8:18–19 (NKJV)

Instead, God chose people like us to spread his gospel—using good old shoe leather and a big dose of the Holy Spirit.

Frankly, the Hollywood method would be boring. This is much more glorious.

The gospel is not a spectator sport. You have to get in the game.

But don’t think you have to be a knock-on-doors evangelist to contribute; every church job supports the team. What are your gifts and talents? When you start applying your skills to tasks in the church, wondrous things happen.

One of the keys to how I got started writing was mowing the church lawn. It gave me lots of time to think while I was prevented from writing anything down. That forced me to organize my thoughts more thoroughly. I kept editing and refining until the grass was all cut.

That’s typical of the artistic way that God works. We are clay and being molded by the potter can be thrilling. The best part is looking back and connecting the dots over a long time span.

Then you see how the potter has molded you—to His glory.

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Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.