Apologies to the great Yogi Berra who said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
We live at a time that highly prizes the instaneous. There are new commericals advertising the speed of cellular service that mock the poor guy who gets the latest news 10 second after everyone else. What a loser! We want to know and we want to know now! This mentality can effect us in spiritual things too. I have often wondered how a sermon has been received based upon the response at the door. Were people moved? Did they repent? Were they comforted? Were they changed? Did they get saved? Did these things take place during the preaching or in the time from the conclusion of the sermon till they met me at the door? If so, elation, if not, sorrow and confusion. Jesus and Paul likened the ministry of the Word to the sowing of seed. The response to the word like the growth of a plant. First the seed, then the bud, then the grain. it takes time for the seed sown to produce results.
I must realize this truth in my prayers. Too often prayer for a particular message ends when the sermon has concluded. The work of the sermon is not over when the sermon is over. It has just begun. The seed has been planted. Now come the watering and the sunshine of the Spirit of God. It ain’t over when the Amen is said.