The reading for today’s morning hour has spurned some thinking about sharing my faith. Here’s the passage:
The Parable of the Growing Seed
4:26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground. 4:27 He goes to sleep and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 4:28 By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 4:29 And when the grain is ripe, he sends in the sickle because the harvest has come.”
(from the NET Bible)
It would seem that we are always to be scattering seed: always letting the fragrance of Christ fill the room, sharing our hope in him, sharing the joy and peace that we have in relationship with him. But then it would seem that God wants us to step back and not force things beyond this point. There appears to be a time of growing, development, and preparation.
The trick is that we have to know when the Gospel has truly taken root and then waste no time in getting busy. When sharing about the love of God, it may come up that the person has been ready to draw near to God and has been waiting for someone to show them the way. That’s great and we should jump at the chance. But oftentimes we need to wait for God’s Spirit to grow the seeds that we sow in a “not-pushy” manner. This is both freeing for me and challenging. I feel that it points toward a balance between sharing the Gospel, but not falling to either extreme of high-pressure-seal-the-deal evangelism or wishy-washy-just-love-people-and-let-God-figure-it-out evangelism.
There’s a need for discernment here and that’s when I thank God for his Spirit.