One of the School Chaplains who is part of our Church just shared this story with me:
As I was watering the veggie garden at school this morning, I noticed a whole lot of seeds starting to sprout, which were laying dormant from last year, after weeding and pulling out the dead plants from last years crop.
I was by myself far from the noise of classrooms and people’s troubles and God spoke and said, “the seeds have been planted – continue to water them.” This was the encouragement I needed to keep me going. Praise God for his Goodness and Steadfastness.
I believe this was for me and for other Chaplains in the area, but regardless of who it was for, God continues to move and work in and through people – Because Every Person Is Important To God. AMEN
What a great “God-moment.”
It reflects the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.”
God has designed the Church and His ministry around the simple principle of people investing in people. Sometimes we will be the planter. At other times, we will water. Some will be called to invest into many people. But, the experience of most Christians is that we will invest into a small group of people, who go on to invest into others – making disciples who make disciples.
So, the question becomes, “Who are you investing in?”
Don’t underestimate what your investment will reap. Like the seeds in the story above that lay dormant for a year, your investment may appear to lay dormant. But the Holy Spirit is at work – “For we are God’s fellow workers”
An older lady in our Church shared this story with me:
When I first became a Christian in the 60’s, my husband was vehemently against my faith. It was hard! But an older lady in the Church took me and my 3 sons under her wing and met with me once a week over a cup of tea, talked about the Bible and the Christian journey. She became a “mother in Christ” to me. Even when I moved to Northern Queensland, she kept in touch. She is now in her 90’s and still invests in me – she is still a “mother in Christ” to me.
God uses people to invest in people!
Who are you investing in?
Pray this prayer
Lord, show me who you want me to invest into.