"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." – Genesis 17:8
“And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”
On the second day, God created the sky: a most important feature of creation. Had God forgotten about creating the sky, we’d be drowning in a sea of water. Without this separating of the waters, we could never have breathed. In the same way, God still has to spiritually prepare us in order to allow us to breathe. But, we must remember that it’s God’s job to do. Sometimes, as Christians, we think that it’s our job to convert. However, we CANNOT convert anyone. We can’t change people’s hearts. Those hearts must be prepared by God. No amount of flashy effects or cool movies are going to win a single person to Christ. We can’t argue someone into the kingdom. We can’t be nice to people so much that they come to know our Lord. We can do nothing. God has to prepare their hearts by separating the ‘waters’ and giving them some breathing room.
However, we have been commanded to “go”, “make disciples”, “teach”, and “preach” (see Matthew 28, and Mark 16). God still expects us to go out. Yet, at the same time, the only thing that can convert anyone is the Spirit of God. So, what do we do? God has given us something that will divide the waters and allow people to breathe. God’s word is called “sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). If we use the Word, THEN people will come to know Christ. For it’s the only thing that can open a person’s heart and allow them to spiritually breathe.
It’s important to realize what we can and can’t achieve without God’s Spirit moving in a person’s life. If we try to take too much responsibility, we’ll become depressed at our inability to change hearts. If we put too much responsibility on God, we won’t be bothered to get up and get into the fields. We must realize that, like in creation, God takes the time to prepare before he fills. Let us pray that he would continue to prepare hearts that we might be able to fill them with his word!