On one of our trips to the Smoky Mountains after preaching for the Cosby Church, we enjoyed a wonderful visit with our good friends, Olie and Mary Williamson.
We when we were ready to leave, with her eyes welling up with tears, Mary gave us a gift and said, “I want you to listen to this as you travel.” It was a CD by the southern gospel Quartet, Greater Vision. The other day I listened again to its powerful and emotional message. And immediately knew I wanted to share its lyrics with our readers.
The song is simply entitled “Faces.”
I dreamed my life was done
I stood before God’s Son
It was time to see what my reward would be
With love he reviewed my life
To count what was done for Christ
For that is what will last eternally
See I’d done my best to share
That Jesus really cares
And he would save if they just believe
Oh, but seldom did harvest come
And so few did I see won
Until the Lord said, “turn around and see.”
Then he showed me the faces of the ones who’d come because of me
So many faces that my life had led to calvary
All those years I thought nobody saw as I labored in lowly places
That’s when Jesus smiled and showed me all the faces.
He said though you did not see the yield,
You were faithful to plow the field
At other times you helped me plant the seed
No matter how small the task, you did just as I asked
And thanks to you these souls have been set free.
And for those years you thought
Nobody saw as you labored in lowly places
One day he’ll smile and show you all the faces.
… the faces… you’ll see their faces.
Never underestimate the importance of your ministry. Your impact on others’ lives. Your influence for good. Keep plowing. Planting. Watering. Keep on being salt. And light. You may never know the difference you made until you step into eternity and see those faces.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman