A Small Seed

a-seedSince I’m in the process of writing a book on witnessing, I’m more aware of opportunities to share my faith. While some witnessing ends with a commitment to the Lord, most has more to do with planting seeds. In that sense, we are all farmers, planting seeds. This morning a young black man with awesome black dreadlocks knocked on my door. He was here to change out our water meter. While he was in the basement working, I was sitting in our family room upstairs with my Bible open. I have been doing Scripture writing for the past year. It’s a great way to focus on the Word both in reading and writing it out. The verses for today were from Matthew 7:24-29. As I sat there writing, a thought suddenly entered my mind and I knew it was from the Lord. Why don’t you ask this young man if he is building his house on the rock or the sand?

Whenever the Lord speaks to me to do something unusual like this, my first response is to dismiss it as too odd. But when the thought persisted, I knew I had to ask him. So, when he came up from the basement, I began with, “May I ask you a question?”

He responded that I could so I continued, “I was wondering if you are building your house upon the rock or on the sand? I’m reading in the Bible right now…well, let me read it to you.” So I read:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall. When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”

When I finished, I looked at him again and said, “Think about it, are you building your house on the rock or the sand.”

He quickly replied, “The rock,” so I pursued.

“So you’ve asked Jesus into your life? Tell me about it.”

“When I was 8 or 9, I did that but I haven’t been to church in some years.”

“Ok,” I responded, “I just wanted you to consider what you are building your house on.”

My assessment of this encounter was that while he had made a decision for Christ many years ago as a child, he had not given much thought to Jesus in a long time. Perhaps, our short conversation will awaken something in Him that has been dormant. Perhaps, a small seed was planted.

 

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