For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 1 Corinthians 1:17
Seed: God’s word
Soil: Man’s heart
The Bible has survived much persecution, yet it has remained in tact. Some people try to refute the Bible claiming it was written by man, or that it has lost the truth because of translation and even the division between denominations and doctrines: but God says that His Spirit will bear witness to the truth! The Lord tells us that His redemptive work is not by our fancy words, or even emotional affections, but that it is His Spirit which draws us to Him. We must intercede on the behalf of these, before rushing to feed them the word of God.
We must remember that when ministering to a person who does not have the Holy Spirit: we are speaking with someone who does not have the capability to understand spiritual things. It is our job is to prepare the soil of the hearts in order to efficiently impart the seed of scripture. It can be challenging to use the Bible scriptures to minister to people who do not have the Holy Spirit of God, which is why we should understand that the scriptures are designed to instruct those who believe. This does not mean that God will not bear a harvest wherever He sows His seed, because He does as He pleases… but it should reveal to us that we are working in partnership with God- when ministering to souls “not yet saved”.
- When ministering to souls we must PUT ON LOVE. Be empathic: put ourselves in their shoes.
- Speak on God’s power to forgive.
- Speak and testify of what His love has done personally in you and for you.
- Speak on God’s power to transform
- And by all means necessary, we must preach God’s sovereignty: His supreme rule, and His working everything for good.
It is the Lord’s Spirit is the one who draws our hearts to His. And when we are saved, then it is our responsibility as believers to guard our hearts: the word says today, do not harden your heart when you hear God’s word. But for the ‘not yet saved’, the Bible tells us about the condition of their hearts. In Matthew 13, we are told that the word of God is like a sower who planted seeds in different types of ground/soil. The bible allows us to understand that the hearts of those who do not yet know God, are in 1 of 4 conditions: shallow, stony, thorny and fertile. And it is up to God to sow the seed, and cause the increase, but it is up to us to pray for the condition of their hearts.
So today, I leave you with the challenge: PRAY FOR SOMEBODY’S HEART TO BE FERTILE TO RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD AND REAP A MIGHTY HARVEST.
Lord God of hosts, I ask that you prepare the hearts of our loved ones for a mighty awakening of your glory. I pray you reveal yourself in dreams and in visions, manifest your presence in these peoples lives. And I also pray you send your warring angels who minister to those who are to be saved, t speak to your people. I pray for salvation of our souls. Give us your love, so that we can give this love to others and bring them closer to you! In Jesus name, Amen.