I bought some flowers last week because, with all that’s going, I am just ready for something—anything—to brighten things up around here. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and decided to rerun Fall, complete with overnight freezing temperatures. Knowing that was coming, I decided not to pot the flowers right away and kept them protected from the temperatures and watered (mostly).
Today I looked at those poor little blooms, and some of them are clearly already giving up. They didn’t freeze and they had water, but the soil isn’t actually holding the water. Flowers need good soil to flourish.
It seems to me I remember Jesus telling a little story about soil once (see Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8). The soil needs to be rich and fertile for the seeds of God’s truth to thrive and grow. But the good news is that, as we live our lives and face opportunities to share Jesus with others, we don’t need to worry about the soil. We just need to plant the seed. Or perhaps we are sent to water seed that someone else previously planted. We may not know. We do know, however, who is responsible for the growth:
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:7).
I find this to be a greatly encouraging truth about evangelism. It should give us even more confidence to proclaim the gospel boldly!
Of course, if you’re out evangelizing, wherever that might be, please stay 6 feet away and wear a face covering! Nope, I’m not kidding. But you don’t have to wear a mask to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Yeah, but will anybody listen and actually prepare?
- I find this whole conversation fascinating, and appreciate Todd Pruitt’s input here.
- I really like the CSB.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- There is a sector of Christianity that claims empathy is sin. Those people are wrong.
- A lot of people condemned this article, seemingly without reading it. I thought it treated the question over the safety of singing in church during Covid-19 in a fairly balanced manner.
- Well, this is creative!
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou, even thou, shalt be saved. Hast thou been the chief of sinners? Trust Christ, and thy enormous sins shall vanish as the millstone sinks beneath the flood.C.H. Spurgeon