Several years ago, when I was helping a friend of mine sell church pages, I asked him if he ever saw results from any of his sales. I was interested in knowing if anyone had ever accepted Christ as a result of reading one of these pages.
He told me that one of his preacher friends once told him that we may never see results from what we share with people. He stated that “We are told to plant the seed and Jesus will reap the harvest.”
I also remember a statement I read that said, “We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive. But we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.”
It doesn’t matter what we say or do, someone is paying attention to our words and actions. We may not know them or have any idea they are listening to or watching us. Therefore, as Christians, we must never take our eyes off Jesus and listen to what He tells us to do.
Most of us are very timid when it comes to sharing our faith. Some of us are not and get excited when spreading the good news of Jesus. It is a great feeling when someone comes to Jesus and it could have been something from what they saw in or heard from you.
Our actions will always speak louder than our words. People do watch us, especially someone that we have witnessed to. Nothing will ruin our witness more quickly than acting in a way not conducive to the way we have been talking.
God will always give you the strength and boldness to speak for Him. He provides the courage to do so because He commanded us to go forth and be fishers of men. He tells us in Matthew 4:19; “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
It doesn’t mean that everyone we speak to about Jesus is going to accept Him, but at least we are planting seeds for them to consider and maybe grow with. I have been writing these columns for several years and through many newspapers across several states and the gadevotionals/blogspot.com thousands of people have read them. You may ask how I know this? I have received many emails, some good, some not so good, received letters, and phone calls wanting to talk about problems they encounter and ask my opinion on “How would Jesus handle this?”
Many have stopped me on the street and thanked me for speaking out about the Lord Jesus Christ. It makes me feel good to hear this and it opens many doors to be a Christian witness for our Lord and Savior.
Let me also say that some have told me to keep my mouth shut and quit writing about Christ. My favorite comeback to this is to say, “I appreciate your concern and thank you for reading Christian literature.” In my mind I believe those criticizing these writings are searching for something other than the worldly ways they are living. Then again, some are just hard-shell atheists, and nothing can change their ways.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, you can always be a Christian witness. Satan is going to throw obstacles in front of you, but you can always cast them aside and be that fisherman Jesus is looking for. Keeping throwing seeds out to everyone for you never know where one is going to grow.