This month, we’ve been focusing on engaging in what we believe is worth fighting for. This past week, I spoke of how our hearts can deceive us into believing things that simply aren’t true, either about ourselves or others. There are some undeniable truths that we need to embrace. Truth #1: all of sin and are in need of God’s grace. We’ve all messed up. We all need a Savior. Far too often we degrade ourselves because of mistakes and failures. Remind yourself: if you were perfect, you wouldn’t need a Savior. This is not license to sin; it’s reality. Truth #2: because we all need a Savior, the Gospel is for everyone, not just the ones we believe would make “great Christians”. Our responsibility is to sow the seed of the Gospel. I’m sometimes amused at how folks believe a person is “ready” to obey the Gospel. There’s no way any of us can completely know what’s going on inside a person’s heart. Sometimes they don’t even know! Remember, the heart can deceive us at times. Their Creator does know, however. It’s God responsibility to prepare the soil. It’s not that we don’t have the ability to pray for a person to become more receptive, but God is responsible for the soil. Our responsibility is to sow seed. Far too easily we become discouraged if we spend time on someone and they obey the Gospel only to walk away from it later on. The Parable of the Sower reminds us that these things will happen from time to time but that doesn’t excuse us from sowing seed. I’m sure there’s been opportunities you’ve had to share the Gospel with someone but you’ve not done it. You’ve been afraid you won’t know enough or that you’ll say something wrong. You might even think you’re not good enough to share because you would feel like a hypocrite because of sin in your own life. Satan will make us believe so many lies about ourselves! Live your life in such a way that sowing the seed is as natural as speaking generalities to others. If God is truly the Lord of our lives it won’t be difficult to speak of Him. Who knows? The person you share with may have the type of soil in them to allow the seed of truth to take root.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.