PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

                                           5/17/17

Those in the farming industry are working hard to plant their fields with beans and corn.  To wait or lag behind may result in an inferior crop or none at all.  So, special seed is selected, the fields are worked, fertilizer etc., applied and then seeds are buried in the ground.

 Then what does the farmer do, nothing more with the crop, but pray.  We all know that water, sun and warmth is needed for germination and growth, none of which the farmer provides.  If you’re a gardener you can water and that’s it.  Then wait and pray.

Paul uses this as a metaphor for evangelism.  1 Cor. 3:6-9 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.   As Christians we are farmers planting seeds of spiritual truth in the lives and hearts of people.  It’s not planted by preaching and teaching alone.  It is also planted by ordinary sharing what God has done in your life. It is then up to the Holy Spirit to use that seed to remind someone of the words spoken and work on their conscience.  That’s the beauty of planting the gospel, or spiritual seed, it isn’t up to us to convince someone of the truth, that is the Holy Spirit’s job and he will work any time of the day or night.  So every time we may share something about God it’s like watering the seed that was planted by you or someone else.

Remember, God doesn’t plant seeds; he uses you and me to plant and water, he gives the seed life.  So always be aware that there will be opportunities to plant, sometimes when we least expect it.

 Aren’t you glad someone planted it in your heart?

Pr. Bob