“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” (Mark 11:12-14).
I want to draw a lesson from the fig tree in relation to Christian blogging, which is a ministry for me and a lot of you out there. Through this ministry, we provide nourishment to the world, not just to fellow Christians, but anyone seeking to know the truth. All seeking wisdom, love and righteous direction for their lives, should be blessed when they stumble upon our little Oasis.
Sometimes, though, it can feel like you are preaching to the Choir, because it’s usually the same people who visit, read and appreciate your content – and most are already believers. You may feel like just another convenience store in a long street of convenience stores, negligible without any unique insight to share… You may feel unable to compete with the mega-store in the same neighbourhood, which everyone frequents, and where you might even go to get some of your provisions!
Low traffic? Lack of an original message, content or approach? Little appreciation for your budding ministry? Maybe you’re thinking your voice is not needed…maybe your message is sounding repetitive or boring. Maybe your old pieces hardly get read, and you’re thinking it’s time to delete, close operation and move on… Or maybe you’re just feeling a little discouraged, because you can’t see or feel your impact and need a word of encouragement.
Dear Christian blogger, please don’t despair, just keep writing as the Lord gives you inspiration. Do not bury your talent due to harsh witnessing conditions. You never know who may be reading and how the Lord leads them to your current and past words of encouragement. They are certainly never wasted. They are waiting for the right time, and the right person, who comes in need of nourishment. When they come, they will meet a refreshing brook, filled with nourishment for them to continue on their journey of faith. That’s all you need to be…an Oasis for the Lord.
Let me encourage you, my brothers and sisters, to continue blogging, and maintain your ministry with faithfulness. Even if people rarely pass by, even if those who do hardly stay a while, even if they don’t stop to acknowledge, appreciate or encourage your efforts…know that you are being used by God to meet the needs of others, and at anytime, He may even send His angels to you to eat of your fruit and be nourished too (Heb 13:2). You wouldn’t want to be dried up, barren and/or disgruntled.
And if you want to begin blogging…there’s lots of room for your voice! It is really not a competition, because it is not about you or any of us, but the message. The more the merrier, and the greater our impact! The harvest is truly plenty, but the labourers are indeed few (Matt 9:37-38).
This space, called the Internet, needs to be taken over for our Lord. Even if all you are given to say are words of encouragement for other believers, do not neglect how important it is. We are human, so encouragement motivates us to persist, in the face of constant obstacles or disappointment. If you’re not gifted in writing, maybe you’re gifted with a vast network…be an amplifier and share the message! That’s how we can all work together.
Let each one attend to ministry, whatever form it takes. Keep attending to your brook, stay connected to the Vine, don’t give up and the Lord will not be disappointed, when He demands to taste your fruit in due season.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal 6:9).
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