We saw on Tuesday that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. However, before they can call on the name of the Lord they have to believe in the Lord. Before they can believe in the Lord, they have to hear about Him. Before they can hear about Him, someone will have to tell them. In order to tell them we need to share the Gospel from the Scriptures because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17).
As believers, we want to impact others for Christ and His Kingdom. However, we have to understand that before we can do this, we will have to be faithful to share the Gospel with others. There is one particular parable of Jesus that I think gives us some insight on how we should share the Gospel.
“And He said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.’” Mark 4:26-29 (NKJV)
In the books of the Gospel, God’s Word is frequently compared to a seed. Jesus uses that imagery in this parable to teach us some things about how to faithfully plant seeds of the Gospel in people’s lives.
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. I like the picture that gives me of sharing the Gospel. Scattering gives me the picture of a guy grabbing handfuls of seeds and throwing it out on the ground. This is the way we should share the Gospel with others.
We have to understand that not everyone we share the Gospel with is going to respond with repentance and faith. While this can be troublesome for us, especially if we are reaching out to someone we truly care about, we cannot let this keep us from generously planting seeds of the Gospel.
It is so easy for us to do is to let the seed that doesn’t produce fruit distract us from the seed that does produce fruit or from the possibility of the seed to produce fruit. We must remember that those we reach out to will respond in different ways and that unfortunately a negative or non-response is a part of this. We remember this because we want to be brutally honest about the facts but without becoming discouraged and quitting. Instead of focusing on those that haven’t responded, we should focus on the fact that some will respond and keep on scattering/planting generously.
Just as the farmer can’t make the seed produce fruit, you can’t make the Gospel seed produce fruit. You can’t save a soul. You can’t change a life. All you can do is prepare the soil by faithfully plant the seeds and faithfully water the seeds. From that point on the results are up to God, the person and the power of the Gospel.
One of the reasons we are hesitant to share the Gospel is our fear that we aren’t good enough speakers to say what needs to be said. When we say this what we are saying is that all the power is in us when it’s not. The power is in the Gospel and from the Holy Spirit and not in us at all. Our job isn’t to save souls and change lives. Our job is to share the Gospel and then trust in the power of the Gospel to lead them to salvation and change their lives. God doesn’t expect us to save souls and change lives. That’s His responsibility. However we must be faithful to work with God by planting and watering.
The last thing we see from this passage is that Jesus says that a harvest will come. There will come a time where those who faithfully plant will get to harvest. I think there is one main thing that separates those that get to take part in the harvest and those that don’t is expectation. It seems to me that those who truly expect to see results do. While those who really don’t expect to see results, don’t. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying this is an absolute principle. Honestly, I’m not even sure it’s a Biblical principle. I’m just saying that to me this seems to be the case.
As we plant seeds we should expect to see fruit. We should have such confidence in the truth of Gospel, the greatness of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that we are more surprised when we DON’T see results than we are when we DO see results.
There are people all around us that are in desperate need of Jesus Christ. Here is the thing, for some of these we will be the one that does the hard work of planting and watering. But we also have to realize that for some of these we will get to do the hallelujah work of actually leading them to Jesus. Knowing this should cause us to scatter expectantly.
What can you do today to scatter seeds of the Gospel?