Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
(1-9) That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Large crowds gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat down, while the people stood on the shore. Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it all up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. But when the sun rose, the plants dried up, because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. Some other seed fell on good ground where it grew and produced a crop. Some plants made a hundred times more, some made sixty times more, and some made thirty times more. Let those with ears use them and listen.”
There have been many times when I have witnessed to people and there have been many more times when I passed the opportunity up, either out of fear of rejection or I simply didn’t care enough (just being honest).
In this post, I hope to give you some encouragement in the area of witnessing and planting seeds.
Often times we come in contact with people and then we get this sinking feeling in our gut that tells us to share Christ with them or maybe just to ask them what they believe. We fight with ourselves for a moment or two and then we either give into that prompting and obey or we choose to ignore it. And when I say choose, I really mean that we simply don’t care enough about their eternal future, to get past our insecurities enough to ask.
So I ask this question, why do we get so scared about asking others what they believe or if they know the Lord? Why do we fight our flesh in those moments? This should be our encouragement that what we believe is true and God and His Son Jesus Christ really do exist. You see, in any other instance, we most likely could strike up a conversation with them about anything else such as, sports, the weather, kids, or even our problems. Yet when it comes to sharing about our faith, we clam up and have this massive internal battle that causes us to break out in cold sweat and/or break out in hives. This should be our sign that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle and that the battle of good vs. evil really does exist.
We must realize that this prompting is from the Holy Spirit, guiding us to plant a seed or perhaps harvest a seed that has already been planted. We must also realize that it is not our job to save them or beat them over the head with our Bibles, causing a massive dust storm over the area (from our Bibles not the head of the person). We are to compassionately share with them the love of Christ and share with them what God has done for them through His One and Only Son Jesus Christ. We must also be willing to carefully listen to them and not shut them down, nor put them down. Share what God has done in your own life and how you came to know the Lord. This is also very important to remember, you don’t have to be perfect, nor do you have to have a 99 page power point presentation to show them. Remember, the Holy Spirit is the guide here and He will speak through you, if you allow Him to. And finally, remember, they might not accept what you have to say and they might reject what you have to say, but that battle is between them and the Lord. You can not save them, only God can save them. All you are required to do is obey the Holy Spirits prompting and plant the seed. If they don’t accept it, ask them if you can pray with them and for them. Give them your number and tell them to call you if they might have any questions.
And last but not least, you might be the harvester. The Holy Spirit might be prompting you to be the final piece in the process, meaning you get to see someone come to know the Lord. So it is always important to follow, trust and obey when we feel that sinking feeling in our guts telling us to share. All we are to do is to be obedient. And remember, if you do get too nervous, just share what God has done in your life. We all have a story that is waiting to be told.
Jesus Explains the Seed Story
(18-23) “So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer. What is the seed that fell by the road? That seed is like the person who hears the message about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in that person’s heart. And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and quickly accepts it with joy. But he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so he keeps it only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, he quickly gives up. And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and the temptation of wealth stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not produce fruit. But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and produces fruit, sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more.”
Reflection: Whether you are planting a seed, watering the seed or harvesting the seed, we must remember that all we are to do is to be obedient to share. Always listen to the person… listen to their fears, their past, and maybe their present. And don’t forget to pray for them and with them. Give them the number to reach you, invite them to church, and follow through!
Challenge: At what cost will you plant a seed? Watch this amazing story from One With Them and ask yourself, are you willing to follow no matter what the cost?
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