Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One Time Encounters

One time encounters. Sometimes that’s all you get.

That one opportunity to speak and plant a seed in someone’s life that you may never get to see the result of. Think about the waitress, the cashier, the conversation brought up in the coffee shop...what seeds are we planting? Or are we so concerned about being the harvester that we forget the need to plant the seed in the first place?

Seed planters usually don’t get the glory. They are the ones who get to deal with the soil. Sometimes the ground is fertile, but most of the time it’s going to be hard and rough. That’s where the planters need to seize the opportunity to prepare the ground for an eventual harvest.

(Flowers in Forest Hill, MD)
Moments to plant a positive seed in someone’s life are often missed because of judgment. Too many times we make up our minds about not planting a seed because tilling the ground just looks too difficult. We tell ourselves they would never want what we have, and instead of bringing love and hope into their world, we end up spreading division.

Many wonder why the harvest isn’t showing up like they expected. I’ve pointed the finger at myself lately wondering if Matthew 9 has become a reality. Matthew 9:36-38: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;”

(Washington, D.C.)

There’s a place for harvesters…they are a must. But where are the planters? Those willing to seize every opportunity to dig in without the guarantee they will ever see the fruits of their labor. It is not the most sought-after position, but it will fill your inner being with the ‘fruits’ of Christ’s heart. This harvest is what brought Him from heaven’s splendor to this earth to die…and then live again. If the harvest was and is that important to the Master, then it needs to be of utmost importance to us.

You just might get one shot at a soul who is loved by God today. Are you ready to work? You cultivate the soil…you plant the seed. Don’t worry if you’re the one who gets to harvest what was planted…that part is up to God anyway.

John 9:4 says, “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” (NLT)

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