It is the poured-out life that God blesses

“‘If it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.’  Whether it is laid down in toil among the lost, or in travail of soul among His children that Christ be formed in them, either way there will be life brought forth.

It does not follow that every seed will spring up; it is not so in the natural world.  The plant’s business is to scatter it, not withholding, now knowing which shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good; once scattered, the responsibility is transferred to the ground that receives it.  But the aim of the plant — the goal of all the budding and blossoming and ripening — is that every seed should carry potential life.

Thus are we responsible, not for the tangible results of our ministry to others, but for its being a ministry in demonstration of the Spirit and of power — such a ministry as will make those around us definitely responsible to God for accepting or rejecting the fullness of His salvation.  If so, the ‘signs following’ will not be wanting.  It will be to the one the savour of death unto death, and to the other the savour of life unto life; but ‘whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, they shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.'”

Lilias Trotter, Parables of the Cross

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