WHEN I CAN’T SEE THE SEEDS OF CHANGE
I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation. Romans 15:20
Some, like Paul, are called to plant seeds, to take the Gospel to remote parts of the earth. Others are like Apollos, coming along behind to water what’s been planted. We who are called to water other’s seeds are the majority.
I heard from a mother yesterday who is heartbroken that her adult son is so far from Christ. She is reading the prayer every day over him that God led me to write about a week ago. She is not alone in her grief. Every one of us love people in whom the seed was planted long ago but who are showing no signs of following Christ. We can easily despair and lose hope. I’ve been there recently.
But seeds are just that. Seeds. Out of sight. Beneath the soil. They are there, just not visible, and need watering. If I despair and abandon the process of spiritual gardening, I won’t hasten the work of God in their lives.
God promises that if I speak the Word of God into the lives of people and into desperate situations in my life, it will not return void. (This is what it is to rule my garden.) I have spiritual dynamite in my hands in the form of the Word of God but if I never speak it or pray it, I never see my garden flourish. When I see nothing but brown soil, it is not the time to quit! It is the time to till, cultivate, and use my mouth to, either plant, or water what is there.
“Is not my Word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jer. 12:29 Hearts of stone are broken, warmed, reshaped and transformed into flesh only one way. Through the speaking of the Word.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for unbelief. Who am I to declare anyone a hopeless cause? The Word of God has been planted in their lives. They have scripture hidden away in their hearts. They have been prayed over and loved in Your name. But I don’t see any evidence that the seeds are there today. In faith, I water. I abandon the illusion that I am speechless. Lead me to three verses of scripture that I can stand in for my loved one. I will write them out, insert their name, and pray these verses out loud. I make ‘speaking Your Word’ a way of life. It will be the norm, not the exception. As I water the seeds with Your Word, transform the landscape of their garden. According to Your mercy and Your power, bring vistas of green where there is only a brown wilderness. I wait for You with tears and faith. Amen