As the shocking events of the weekend take hold in our lives, our hearts go out to all the families affected by the tragedies. Our hearts and voices cry for peace during this time.
Turning our focus to scripture, the author of 1 Corinthians shows us how planting and watering work together.
“The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”1 Corinthians 3:8
As we have seen over the past eight weeks, over 500,000 people have come to Christ during the pandemic. The people’s hearts were ready to turn, but that could only have happened through the efforts of planting seeds and watering them.
Some individuals are called to plant seeds. This involves the loving and passionate pursuit of engaging with people who are from God. Examples of engagement could be coffee or meals together, simple conversations that begin with “how are you doing” or even sending a note or text.
When we water the seeds we continue to engage with people, and be available to answer questions about God and what we believe. It often means modeling for them Christ-like behavior.
God calls people to Him in His perfect timing. We want that to be quick, but sometimes it can take tens of years for that to occur. Our patient endurance of walking with friends can be difficult, but we are called to plant and water.
It is a glorious day when we are able to experience someone coming to Christ. Many times, I have been a part of someone’s faith journey through planting and watering. We all have our roles to play – that’s how God uses us.
Today, reach out to someone who is far from God and simply ask them “how they are doing”.
Prayer: Lord, we come to you with a heavy heart over the loss of life, and the upheaval in our cities. We ask you to bring order to the chaos, to protect and guide our leaders. Please give them wisdom during this trying time. Lord, we also ask you for boldness to share with people the hope we have in You. Please use us to plant and water the seeds in people who are searching. And most importantly, we ask you to bring many people to you as a result of all the trials we are facing right now. Thank you for what you are doing in our lives during this time. Amen!