Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. —Psalm 126:5-6
Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 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 (I Corinthians 3:5-8).
Fellow follower of Jesus we are called to be witness (Acts 1:8), Jesus’ witnesses— planting and watering. How’s the farming going? Have you been planting and watering with expectation? Do you and I truly think about the lost? Do we sorrow at their lost condition? Sorrowing over them is good if only we are seeking to share God’s Word with them. This is what sorrow for them should lead us to. Unsown and unwatered seed won’t sprout. God has called us to plant and water— He will cause it to sprout. So let us be planting and watering with expectation the seed, at least some of it, will sprout and bear fruit!
So, who is it the Lord would have you bear witness of Him today? May we be sensitive to those we have known for some time and to those we have just met. Here’s an example from my own life— I was out to lunch with a friend this week and had the opportunity to talk with the waitress, Hannah. I asked her if she ever heard what Jesus did for her. She said, “No” and was listening. I shared the gospel with her briefly and gave her something to read.
Hannah had lived in Manchester, NH all her life and said that she had never heard the gospel before… never! We may often think it is the people far away in some tribal group of a distant nation that are the ones who have never heard the gospel and that is true, but there are those right around us where we live that have never heard as well. I dare say the vast majority children and youth growing up today in the U.S. have not heard the gospel. Hannah was one of those younger people. May we share the gospel with all we can! That is part of being a faithful disciple of Jesus who has a heart to see others become faithful disciples as well.
Dear Father, help me to be sensitive to those I come into contact with today and share the gospel with them. Be pleased to cause the planted and watered seed to grow. This is what You do. May I be faithful in my part so in the authority of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.