I planted some basil today, and as I planted those seeds it caused me to think about the seeds that we, as Christians, are asked to plant. First off, exactly what kind of seed planting are we supposed to be doing? Basically, our lives should be a packet of seeds that are distributed wherever we go. Usually our seed sowing is done by just living intentionally for Christ, and letting the joy overflow to anyone in our path. Occasionally, we may get an opportunity to verbally share more of who Christ is, and why our lives look like they do. My model is 1 Peter 3:15…
[pullquote]…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect[/pullquote]
I have noted in this blog many times that I believe that the most effective witness is one who uses the least words.
[pullquote position="right"]Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words. -St Francis of Assisi[/pullquote]
One thing that I think scares most Christians is witnessing. Most of us have, at one time or another, been intimidated by the thought of saying something about Christ. It scares us because we might be rejected, or worse yet we might have to explain something to someone. I will admit that I have been amongst the scared. However, once I realized that my real witness isn’t my mouth but my life, things changed. It isn’t easy to live a completely authentic life that reflects Christ to others. That is a huge challenge, but that challenge is what I signed up for when I became a Christian. I mess up all the time, but that is part of the authenticity of it. When I mess up, I get back up and keep going.
Let’s get back to my basil. What if I didn’t plant my basil because I was afraid it wouldn’t like the soil, or I was afraid it wouldn’t get enough water, or I was afraid that my thumb wasn’t green enough? Obviously, I wouldn’t have any basil and I also wouldn’t have any confidence to try planting again. I think that many times in our Christian lives we are like someone who is afraid to plant. In fact our fear makes us probably the worst witness we could possibly be.
Here is the cool part. When we plant a seed are we ultimately responsible for that seed’s growth? Not really-God has to do some miraculous things inside of that seed and He also provides the rain and the proper conditions. We are just stewards of the seed. God is the one who really makes thing happen. It is the same in planting seeds of faith. We are supposed to be available to plant and if we do that, no matter how imperfectly, God handles the rest. The outcome is completely up to God.
By living an authentic life filled with overflowing joy, you will plant seeds. Fill in the gaps with words if you have to, and let God handle it from there. You can’t mess this up! Lose the fear-we want a harvest!