2. Go for the growers and pray for the others.
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20
When you share the gospel, some people will reject it (like those seeds that land on the pathway in Mark 4), others will seem to accept it, but fizzle out it in the end (like the seeds that land on the hard ground and weeds). But there will be some that accept it and begin to multiply the message to those around them (“ … some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown”).
So, as the “sower,” what do you do? You focus on those who grow and you pray for those who don’t. As somebody who works with youth leaders across the nation through Dare 2 Share, I see so many invest the bulk of their time trying to win over those teenagers who are on hard or weedy ground. If those same youth leaders focused on cultivating the seeds that are ready to grow, they would have infinitely more impact.
That’s what Jesus did. He ministered to the crowds, but invested his life into the disciples. The result was a harvest that exploded globally (see the book of Acts).
3. Keep chucking seeds.
Our job as salvation sowers is to keep chucking seeds. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”
We chuck seeds and water them, but God makes them grow. We share Christ and teach truth, but God brings forth the increase.
With this reality in mind, how faithful are you when it comes to chucking seeds? When’s the last time you grabbed a handful and threw them into your neighborhood, school or workplace? Share the good news. Spread the good seed. Do it with love, gentleness and respect, and watch those little seeds begin to grow.
Let’s get chucking!
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