Sometimes we put undue pressure on ourselves when it comes to reaching people far from God. So when we think about talking about Jesus with a friend, our palms get sweaty and our heart starts thumping. Suddenly, tons of fearful questions flood our minds: What if I say the wrong thing? What if they think I’m strange? What if I come across too strong? What if I don’t know the answer to a question? What if? What if? What it?
Well what if we started asking some other what if questions like: What if we are putting undue pressure on ourselves? What if we are making a mountain out of a mole hill? What if the task of reaching people far from God is easier and more fun than we imagine?
You see, in one sense, the stakes are high when we step into a spiritual conversation because a person’s eternal destiny is on the line. But in another sense the stakes are pretty low, because our job isn’t to change anyone.
That job is already taken. It belongs to God. He gets to be the hero and wear the cape. He gets the task of causing tectonic change. Our task is to take off the cape, plant some seeds and pray for the real hero to show up.
So how do we plant seeds?
Well in Acts 1 Jesus says we need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. And in John 15, Jesus says we need to abide in him. In other words, we plant seeds of love, grace and truth by intentionally asking God to use us and then following God’s Spirit-directed promptings.
So if God asks us to invite our neighbor to church, we make the invite. If God prompts us to walk across the room to introduce ourselves to a stranger, we make the journey. If God asks us to help a neighbor, we offer to help. If the promoting is to start a kickball league for the kids in the neighborhood, we start the league. If it’s to take a co-worker out for lunch, we make the offer and we pay. You get the point, right?
Essentially, we lose the cape and we say, “God, my life is in your hands. Use me to point someone toward you today. If you want me to say a word for you today, I’ll do that. If you want me to keep quiet but demonstrate love, by your Spirit’s power I will. I am fully available to you today, so help me reach someone far from you.”
Then as the Spirit prompts, we follow the prompting and we pray for God to bring growth. It’s that simple and it’s that exciting. So lose the cape and plant seeds.