You Never Know What Your Witness Will Do
Posted: Saturday, May 5
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
Verse of the Day:
You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. (John 4:37)
It’s one of the coolest experiences when someone from your past accepts Christ. We’re so used to meeting new believers that we have no previous connection with. We meet them, lead them to the Lord, and then start fresh alongside of them as Christians. Their past doesn’t matter because they are a new creation in Christ and, well, we weren’t really a part of their past. But when you connect with someone you have a history with that accepts Jesus, it’s this unique experience where your shared past collides with the present and expands into a brand new future.
You never know what your witness will do for someone’s life. I’ve spent years with people trying to lead them to Christ without seeing them move an inch closer. Years later, they are dedicated to Jesus more than they were to anything else in their life. The stat is that people need to be asked at least five times before they will likely attend church with you. It’s hard enough to ask someone to come with you once and be denied, but imagine going through that denial process a total of four times. That fifth time, that lucky number five, all hinges on the past four requests. Without the past four requests, the fifth never happens.
Jesus is the one who pointed out the parable to us. “One plants and another harvests.” We see people saved at our church because someone has begun the seed planting. They’ve been an example of a Godly Christian. They’ve had the conversations about Christ, they’ve invited them to church, they’ve done the heavily lifting. When the harvest was ready, that’s when we see the salvation. Don’t be discouraged if someone you’ve been trying to lead to Christ isn’t budging. You might be the culmination of the seeds planted and someone else will be the perfect person to harvest that life for Jesus. Do your part, live the best you can as a Godly example, and your witness will not return void. Keep planting because God wants everyone to experience a relationship with Him!