Evangelism

This devotional is written by Josh Anderson. 

1 Corinthians 3:6-9

6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It's not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What's important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 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. 9 For we are both God's workers. And you are God's field. You are God's building.

Reflection

At points throughout my life I've definitely wanted to be one of those crazy evangelistic monsters. The people who everyone looks at and goes "oh Josh... he's got such a gift for bringing people to Jesus". Wouldn't it be fun to have thousands of stories of people who have come to know Jesus through me?

Sadly, I'm not that guy. I definitely don't fit the stereotypical evangelist mould. I don't have crazy encounters with people who go away shaking a tambourine and shouting about how Jesus has changed their life. But I have found that time and time again I wind up in conversations about church or religion or Jesus. This is why I love today's passage. Because the point I take home is this:

You have no idea how much effect even your little conversations have on people.

All our job boils down to is planting the seed. Or watering the seed that's already planted. God is the gardener; he nurtures the young plant. He's the key player, and we are here to collaborate with him on what he's doing.

Someone told me a story of how when they were first venturing into St Mary's, ready to give up on church. Just having the same person greeting them each week was what made them feel like they could keep coming and be safe opening themselves up. I didn't know I'd had such a profound effect on their life; I just stood there being smiley and saying hello. That's the effect a small gesture or simple conversation can have.

Ask the Spirit how he wants to partner with you today. Then go out, ready for the opportunities God puts in front of you. Pray that he will use them to the benefit of his Kingdom.


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