I came across a social media post this week that said, “We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.” In other words, we need to be seed planters.
As Christians, we are called to fulfill the Great Commission that is to share the gospel with others. Our role is to share a message of salvation, but we must acknowledge that we cannot save others; that is the work of God. Instead, our responsibility is to lead others to the truth. If we try to force the message of salvation, many times we will alienate that person and push them away from God. But we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed, for even a small act of faith can lead to a bountiful harvest. While we cannot save others, we can guide them towards the path of salvation.
Most of us are familiar with “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20): In this well-known passage, Jesus commands His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” This command is a foundational scripture that highlights our duty as Christians to share the gospel. It is an invitation to be witnesses of the truth, to guide others towards Christ, and to teach them about the way of salvation.
Proclaiming the Good News (Romans 10:14): “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This verse emphasizes the importance of preaching and sharing the gospel with others.
The Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:5-8 illustrates the concept of planting seeds in the context of sharing the gospel. In this parable, the sower scatters seed, and the seeds fall on various types of soil. Some seeds fall on good soil and bear fruit, while others fall on less receptive ground. This parable reminds us that the effectiveness of our efforts depends on the condition of the recipient’s heart. We are called to sow the seed of the gospel, trusting that it will find fertile soil and bring forth a bountiful harvest. We are responsible for sowing the seed, but the growth is ultimately in God’s hands.
In 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, the apostle Paul states, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” This verse emphasizes that we cannot save others; that divine transformation is the work of God alone.
Our role as Christians is to present the gospel, living lives that reflect Christ’s love, and sharing His message of redemption with others. We are not saviors; that role belongs to Jesus alone. Instead, we are ambassadors of His grace, offering hope, guidance, and support to those who seek the truth. Our task is to:
1. Share the Gospel: We must share the good news of Jesus Christ with others, making it accessible and relevant to their lives. This involves communicating His love, sacrifice, and the path to salvation.
2. Be Witnesses: Our lives should serve as a testimony to the transformative power of faith in Christ. Living out our faith daily can be a powerful witness that draws others to Him.
3. Pray: We can pray for the people we encounter, asking God to open their hearts and minds to the truth. Prayer is a vital part of our role in guiding others to the gospel.
4. Offer Support: We should provide emotional and spiritual support to those who are seeking Christ. This may involve answering questions, offering guidance, and demonstrating God’s love through our actions.
In closing, Our job as Christians is to present the gospel to others, recognizing that we cannot save them ourselves. Instead, we are called to lead others to the truth, just as Jesus instructed in the Great Commission. We must understand that we cannot force someone to receive the message, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.
Like the sower in the Parable in Luke 8:5-8, we scatter the seeds of God’s Word, believing that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of those who hear. As we faithfully and lovingly share the gospel, we can have confidence that God will bring about the growth and transformation in those who are ready to receive His truth.
The Bible provides clear guidance on our role as messengers of God, emphasizing that salvation is a gift from Him, received through faith. Have we been faithful to the task of sharing the Gospel with others? For us to share Jesus with others, we must first know and have a relationship with Him. How’s your relationship???
Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and rose again. Tell God you are sorry for your sins and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Finally, I would like to ask you to do one thing this week. Would you plant a seed… Talk about Jesus to someone… or asked someone to attend church this week? Then, put them on your prayer list and pray for them.
I pray that God will truly guide, lead and Bless you. Bob
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16