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Planting Seeds

Sower sowing seed

Saturday, I was humbled and inspired. All at the same time.

Humbled because I realized that I have not spread enough seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the lives of those I meet on a daily basis, and inspired, because God chose to use me to do the thing I haven’t done enough of.

It suddenly dawned on me Saturday that my hair was getting longer than I normally keep it, and that if I was to retain the status of  “clean cut”, and “professional”, something needed to be done. Normally my Mom cuts my hair, or I cut it myself. But since doing it myself normally ends up being a disaster, I decided to go to the barber, who can actually see the back of my head. 🙂

I do not intend at all to boast, but I really felt the Lord saying that I needed to witness to whoever cut my hair. Now you have to understand me. I am not the kind of guy who is outgoing. I really enjoy talking with people and learning more about them, but it is not something that comes naturally. So  you might say I have to work at it.

The Command to GO!

However, Jesus did not make excuses. He did not say “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” if you are an outgoing person, or if you really like talking with people. He simply said GO!

So I said, “Lord, if you want me to talk with that person and share the gospel of Christ with them, go before me and let your spirit prepare the way.” I ended up talking with a very interesting guy who has, in his words “seen it all man!”.

He told me about his life, and what he had been involved in. We discussed all the violence and sickening things he had seen, and how they affected him. In the middle of talking, I said “So in your great experience, what do you think this life amounts to?” We were then able to talk about his take on religion, I discovered he was a Catholic, and was able to plant the seed of the gospel in his life. I did not have time to go in great detail, or find out if he truly trusted in Christ, but I was able to plant those seeds.

Why we don’t spread seeds.

Sometimes we let the fear of man scare us from sharing the gospel with others. That can be fear of what others will think of us, fear of what that person will say, or do to us. It can be a fear that we won’t be able to say the right things, or answer their questions.

Did Jesus say we would be praised because of our witness for Jesus Christ? No because Jesus said “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.” Luke 21:17. Did he promise that we would not face persecution. Actually he says just the opposite. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Tim 3:12

Then do we have any grounds to fear? The answers is emphatically, no. God has given us his Holy Spirit to guide us when we are speaking with people, and it is only his Spirit that can draw a sinful soul to Salvation in Christ anyway. So we should actually count it a privilege when he uses us to share the gospel.

Realizing the need.

In Matthew 13:4 Jesus shares the parable of the sower of seeds. The sower realized that he needed to sow in order to reap a harvest of grain. He couldn’t expect wheat to grow in a field in which wheat had never been sown, and similarly couldn’t expect to gather anything during harvest time if nothing was planted.

In the same manner, do we expect to reap a harvest of souls if no seed of the Gospel is planted? Granted, the Spirit is the one who draws those he has ordained to be his children, and only he can do that. But he has given us the responsibility to share the Gospel to those who may never hear otherwise.

So brothers, let’s go sow some seeds. Who’s with me?

You can find the origional post at theyouthchallange.org

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All these things – Why don’t I trust Christ for them?

“One verse in every six in the first three Gospels relates either directly or indirectly to money. Sixteen of our Lords forty-four parables deal with the use of misuse of money. A loving, joyful, liberal giving to the Lords work is an acid test of a spiritual heart, pleasing to God.” William Allen

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Lately I have been thinking a great deal about financial issues. I have been asking myself several questions: How can I save money? What can I do to increase the amount of money I have coming in? What expenses can I cut out? What future financial goals do I have? Which ones do I need to set, and which ones need to be a priority? Needless to say, it is easy for me to be overly concerned with my financial condition, and this is something that God has convicted me about. I often think that I should invest in stocks, mutual funds, or even gold to prepare for future events whither they consist of emergencies or planned provisions. Yet how often do I stop to think about how I am currently investing in my heavenly stock? I often worry about the amount of money I have in the bank, but why do I not worry about the amount of treasures I have in heaven? As a Christian, it is my duty to live life on this earth as just a traveler. A man only passing through a foreign country does not invest in businesses that will not profit him in his homeland, nor does he acquire debt. To do so would be foolish. I myself in the same way should not invest the majority of the money that has been given me in something that will not profit me in eternity.

It is seems difficult for me to completely trust that God will provide for all of the needs that I have. But when you read His word, I find that God never allows his children to go without. Even in times when their basic needs were not met, He still was faithful to meet their real needs. I pray that God gives me the faith of a child to trust in Him to meet my needs just as a child trust his parents. Now, in case anyone may take what I say backwards, I do not mean that we should not work to earn our living. On the contrary, Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” The concern that I have for myself is that my focus is on the finances and acquiring them, than actually on trusting Christ to provide for my needs. Your focus makes all the difference in the world. Jesus, in response to concerns about material possessions, said:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

I am seeking every day to conform my thinking to that of Christ’s, and that requires trusting in him completely for everything. The challenge I give to myself and to you is to seek the Kingdom of God above everything else in the this world, even our desires, dreams, plans, jobs, friends, and family. Especially during this Christmas season, it is easy to loose sight of this. We tend to look at how our pocket book is getting smaller, or focus on the gifts, than focus on the true meaning of Christmas. When we seek the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom before everything else, and readily invest into the heavenly treasures, the King himself will see to it that our needs our met out of His great, and endless provisions.

For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire