I was talking to a guy recently about our lawns and the challenges we have with them. He was telling me he was thinking of overseeding, which, of course, I turned into something to write about. I’m a little quirky like that, so let’s talk about grass seeds.
I started thinking about how overseeding is commonly done. Lots of people will just scrape their lawn, then make the soil moist, then plant whatever seed they think their yard is made up of. The issue is that seeding a lawn requires a lot of work, starting with soil prep.
Soil prep begins with testing the soil. In order to know how to prep the soil, you need to analyze what is needed and what is not. Then, you have to pre-treat the soil, followed by digging up the soil and making sure it is able to accept a seed and have a shot at growing those seeds into healthy grass.
A similar process can, and should, be used to share our faith with others.
We should be testing the soil in our conversations. Poke a word here and there into the conversation about your church or a men’s ministry, etc. See how that person reacts.
Then you need to prep the soil. Start spending more time with this person. Do something they enjoy that won’t cause you to stumble in your walk, and get to know them better. Only then can you find a place to comfortable share Christ with them.
Then you plant the seed. You take the time to tell them about Jesus. Make sure you read their reaction as you go along as well. Water and fertilize this conversation as many times as you can but be wary of one thing.
Going too far.
Just like too much fertilizer can burn a lawn and too much water can drown out and cause fungus, too much pressure can ruin an honest effort of bringing someone to Christ.
Plant seeds the right way and you will have a beautiful harvest.
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13:3-9 NASB