Plant Something

I'm not much of a gardener so I can't really address when is the perfect time to plant certain trees, flowers, grass, vegetables, etc.  But with warmer weather right around the corner I guess folks are beginning to think about planting something.  Stores are stocking up with outdoor related items in anticipation of the season.  Before you know it we'll look at the many yards and gardens teeming with freshly planted flowers, shrubs, vegetables, etc.  The new plants and flowers are always a beautiful sight to behold!

I'm also not much of an evangelist but I can address the perfect time to plant seeds of the Gospel in our conversations and relationships ... the perfect time is NOW.  Actually, the perfect time is any time of any day in any relationship.  But especially with Easter season right around the corner we find a tremendous number of folks who are willing to hear from us!  Sharing your testimony, giving Gospel encouragement in a difficult situation, explaining the claims of Christ, inviting someone to church, or asking them questions about spiritual things are all things that folks just seem to be more receptive to during this time of year.  And when the Gospel goes forth and unbelievers come to know Christ, this new life is always a beautiful sight to behold!

Many of us do nothing when it comes to sharing our faith.  Maybe we're afraid we won't do it right; maybe we need to let the experts do it; maybe we will one day but for whatever reason now is just not the time.  Have we believed the lies of the enemy?  He desires that we say and do nothing evangelistically toward unbelievers.  In many of our lives the enemy is winning that battle!  Shame on us.

A woman once approached the great evangelist D. L. Moody with a concern. (Moody was a well known international evangelist in the 19th Century.)  The woman said to him, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do evangelism!”  Moody asked, “Well, ma’am, let me ask you, how do you do it?”  She replied, “I don’t!”  Moody responded, “Well, I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it!”

A handful of us recently went through a short study that required us to ask people 5 spiritual questions and then listen to hear them rather than just respond.  For one of my weekly assignments I asked these questions to a couple of waiters at Guadalajara.  They gave their answers and I listened to them, showing respect for them as people.  Since that time a few months ago I've had several follow up conversations with these folks about the Gospel.  Even last week one of them came to me with a newer employee and asked me to ask her these 5 questions.  As a result I was able to share the Gospel with someone new.  It was a beautiful time to see God at work in the lives of these people.  We didn't have any hands raised or cards signed but obviously God is at work in a place where I planted something.

I urge you to seriously consider taking advantage of the opportunity given you right now.  Talk to some friends (neighbors, co-workers, classmates, etc) about the Lord, ask them about their relationship to Jesus, and invite them to worship with you.  You may not do it perfectly but the way you'll do it is by far better than the way you're not doing it now.