As Christians, do we approach sowing as seriously as a
farmer? If we see what is at stake in evangelistic sowing, we
will be more motivated than any farmer on the planet. He
who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows
bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6).
Reaping refers to both souls and reward.
If a farmer approached sowing like I have approached
evangelistic sowing during most of my Christian life, he and
his family would starve to death. What farmer could make a
living if he planted a few seeds every month or two? It is
certainly better than planting nothing, but there's not going
to be much of a harvest.
People who return from short-term mission trips often say,
"Wow! God was really working in ________________. It's not
like here in the States." I suspect the primary reason for
their effectiveness is the intensity of their focus. They know
what their mission is. They brainstorm, strategize, and
execute ways to show and share the love of God. Not
surprisingly, God pours out His power.
What if we were to reach out to those around us with that
same intensity of focus? What if we approached every day like
we were on a mission trip?
If we wait for the perfect opportunity to share the gospel
(or a tract) with someone, we may find it never comes.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, "He that observeth the wind shall
not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds, shall not reap."
If you're like me, on some days you don't feel inspired or
motivated to evangelize. But what kind of farmers would we
be if each day we checked out our feelings to see if we felt
like sowing that day? A good farmer doesn't focus on his
feelings; he focuses on the harvest he wants, and he does his
job. Psalm 126:6 says, "He that goes forth weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of
joy, bringing his sheaves with him."
Satan does all he can to persuade us not to sow. He
attempts to discourage us, to convince us that our labor is in
vain. Why even try? On the other hand, the Word of God says:
Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain"
(1 Corinthians 15:58).
Sow your seed in the morning, and in the evening withhold
not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or
that, or perhaps both (Eccles. 11:6).
And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season
we shall reap, if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).