We should never attempt to force feed the Gospel to anyone, but we should equally never underestimate the power of planting a spiritual seed into someone’s life. The only thing that God desires for us to do in this process is to be obedience because He is responsible to take care of the rest.
We live in such an instant-feedback driven world that when someone doesn’t respond immediately or at least quickly to something, isn’t is pretty common to see them being written off? Or being confronted, sometimes harshly?
When was the last time you texted someone and they left you on ‘delivered’ or worst ‘read’ status?
People love to text, especially the younger people because it’s suppose to trigger an instantaneous response. Calling someone or waiting on a recipient to respond to an email just takes too darn long.
In I Corinthians 3:5-9 we find that Paul and Apollo became the flashpoint of both pride and division. Essentially, the church was quarreling over following the better teacher and this caused division amongst the people. So Paul said this to them in verses 5-7, “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
On that note, this is why faithfully planting spiritual seeds into someone’s heart and mind and then patiently waiting on God is so important in advancing the Gospel message. Patience is truly a virtue because just like different seeds have different germination timelines and nutrition requirement, human being also have different timelines for processing information which isn’t currently part of their new reality!
I could keep going, but I’ll close this message in the same spirit I opened it; never underestimate the power of planting a spiritual seed into someone’s life because even if you don’t change that person’s mind or heart; all parties stand to gain more than to lose from being patient and waiting on God to produce the fruit or increase!