MANY WILL SEE!
(And A Video Tour Of “The Ranch App”)
by Eric Elder
Special note from Eric: I’m thrilled to announce our new app is available for “This Day’s Thought From The Ranch”! I’ve been working on this app for more than a year and now it’s ready! Click these links to download the app for your iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android phones. It’s free!
Do you ever wonder if the work you do for the Lord will ever make any difference? I want to encourage you today: IT WILL! DON’T GIVE UP! The seeds you plant today WILL YIELD a harvest one day! Keep sowing the Word of God, and God will use it for good. As God said to Isaiah:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Twenty years ago, I quit my job to go into full-time ministry. I felt clearly called to ministry by God, but I wasn’t sure exactly what He wanted me to do. Was I supposed to go to seminary? Become a pastor at a church? Wait and pray and see what happened?
Since I wasn’t sure what to do, I did the one thing I knew how to do: I created a website. I had just finished creating a website for a Fortune 10 corporation. It was their very first website as the Internet was just in its infancy, but I could see the potential so clearly. So I created a website of my own as a place to share my faith in Christ with others, offering to talk and pray with anyone who was interested.
A friend of mine was praying for me at the time and she said: “Eric, many will see, many will hear, many will put their trust in the Lord.” Her words were based on a verse in the Bible from Psalm 40, which says:
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3).
Within the first few days of launching my website, I heard from from people in places like Athens, Cairo and Seattle, all asking for prayer for something in their lives. They had found my website and wondered if I would pray with them for the things they were going through. I was happy to do just that.
Within a year, the site was reaching over 800 visitors a month from 72 countries. Soon after that, I created a non-profit ministry to dedicate my full-time to doing this work. Now twenty years later, we’re now reaching tens of thousands of subscribers every day from over 160 countries! The words of my friend have come true: Many have seen, many have heard, and many have put their trust in the Lord.
Today marks the beginning of another new step of faith for me: the launch of our new app for smart phones and tablets. I’ve been working on the app for over a year, not because it takes that long to create an app… it doesn’t. We could have put one together that was up and running within a month. But I wanted to create an app that people would use on a regular basis for years to come, returning to the app again and again for a boost in their faith, no matter where they were or what they were going through.
So I’ve packed the app full of resources that we’ve created over the past twenty years: books, music, and the daily Christian quotes and Bible verses and “smiles” that you’ve come to enjoy. The entire collection is available to you anytime, anywhere with the tap of a button. You can listen to more than a dozen CDs of music for inspiration and meditation. You can read more than a dozen books, many containing short devotionals to give you a quick boost in your faith. You can scroll through thousands of quotes that we’ve collected and categorized over the years, making them easily accessible at a moment’s notice. And it’s all free and ready to download today!
I’ve created a short video tour of the app that you can watch and get a feel for just how rich and useful this app can be for you. I’ll include a link at the end of today’s message, too, so you can watch it when you’re done reading.
But for now, I want to encourage you to keep doing whatever God has called you to do for Him. As I was praying this morning about our app, wondering how God might use it in the future, God reminded me of the words of my friend from twenty years ago: “Many will see, many will hear, many will put their trust in the Lord.” Then God spoke to my heart:
“Know that your labor for Me, any time you labor for Me, will never be in vain. Ever. Your labor for me will never, ever be in vain. You WILL reap a harvest, if you do not give up.”
Those last words reminded me of a verse from the Bible that says:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
Our job is to keep planting seeds, keep watering them to help them grow, and keep working in the field that He’s given us. God’s job is to bring the harvest. I’ve seen Him do it before, and I can trust Him to keep right on doing it.
What has God called you to do? Where has He called you to plant His seeds, to water them and to help them grow? Which fields has He given you to work? I want to encourage you today, keep planting, keep watering, keep working those fields. You WILL reap a harvest, if you don’t give up.
In the end, my prayer for you is the same as my friend’s prayer for me, that “many will see, many will hear, many will put their trust in the Lord.” Let it be, Lord! LET IT BE! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
P.S. Here’s the link to watch the video tour I’ve made of our new app. And if you have a smart phone, iPod or iPad, you can download it now! Just use the links below, or search for the app on Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store. It’s called “This Day’s Thought From The Ranch.”
Click here to watch A Video Tour Of “The Ranch App”