Beginnings
Samantha Reed, P31 Executive Assistant

"I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth." 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NASB)

Every story has a beginning, middle and end. The same is true for the story of our life. Our education starts in kindergarten, goes through elementary and middle schools and ends in high school or college. A romantic relationship begins with friendship, passes into dating and culminates in marriage. Meals start with appetizers, lead to a main entrée and finish with dessert.

How about our salvation story? The middle of every believer's salvation story is a relationship with God, and the end is eternity with Him. What about the beginning? That's different for everyone. Maybe a salvation-seed is planted while attending church with a neighbor. Perhaps a grandma's prayers are rays of sunshine on a cold heart. Hard, bitter soil may soften through the kindness of a women making room on the pew. Or roots sprout when a stranger in the front of the line buys lunch for those behind her.

Yes, every salvation story has a beginning. Have you considered the possibility that you could be part of someone's beginning? Unbeknownst to me, I was part of my friend Javier's!

Javier and I were neighbors in college a decade ago. Our roommates dated, so we hung out often. We cooked dinner. Spent lazy afternoons watching movies. Cheered next to each other at football games. When I took guitar lessons, Javier taught me chords. Despite all this time together, I'm sorry to say I rarely brought the Lord up in conversation. Over the years we've kept in touch sporadically. So when Javier sent me this email, I was humbled and amazed.

Just wanted to thank you for being in my life in college. I came to Christ about four years or so ago and when looking back in my life, I think of people that were examples I wanted to follow. Even though we hardly talked about God, I knew you were a Christian and really admired that about you. Talk about planting a seed that didn't bear fruit right away. 10 years in the making. I am glad I am able to tell people who helped me find Christ how important they were.

The day I received Javier's email was one of the best days of my life! To know I had planted a seed in his salvation-story is an honor. Our key verse teaches we each can play an important role in bringing salvation to others. We may not always be fortunate enough to know the outcome of the seeds we plant, or water, but we can have confidence the Lord will cause growth.

Javier's story inspires me to plant more seeds by being intentional with my words, deeds and actions. I want to be the neighbor, grandma, woman or stranger... the friend or family member ... church member or coworker ... who plays a role in the salvation stories of others. How about you?

Dear Lord, You are in control of all things. Thank You for calling me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. Please use me as an instrument in someone else's salvation story so they too may walk in Your light. I long to be a willing vessel; help me to do this for Your glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
Join Javier today on Samantha’s blog where she is doing a Q&A and a giveaway!
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Application Steps:
Is there someone you have prayed to come to salvation for years? Re-read Javier's email and take heart. Seeds take time to grow. Keep praying. Our God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13, NIV).

Perhaps it's time to follow up with that person if you don't talk to them regularly.

Reflections:
Who in my life doesn't know the Lord?

How can I be part of their salvation story?

Power Verses:
Matthew 5:16, "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (NIV)

John 13:35, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (ESV)

Luke 15:10, "There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (ESV)

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7 Comments:

Oh, Sam....rejoicing with you again on Javier's salvation...and now on this published devo! Sweet tears in my eyes this morning as I read!!! :)

Love you! Popping over to your blog now!

Hugs,
Sharon

Anonymous Barb said...

Spread the word-God is goooood! Plant seeds in hearts that are just waiting for your action, word or deed. Isn't that what He asked from us-to share His love?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your "seed" story!! I have lots of people I pray for and want to plant seeds in, I too try to be choosy with my words, actions & deeds, but all too often I fear I fall short... Especially when others do things that are annoying,or on days when I am just not feeling well, am having a bad day, etc..
My prayer is not just to help others but for God to help me to grow, attain knowledge, and for strength to stand against the shortcomings, as I am only human.

Blogger LeAnn said...

You, and your story, are an inspiration. We don't always see the harvest, but you have reminded us to never stop planting.

I love you and your heart. Praying sweet blessings in abundance my friend.

Love,
LeAnn

Anonymous Randelle said...

Wow. This is crazy (sort of). Just this morning that thought of one person watering and another person reaping came to mind, a few minutes before I read this devotional. It must have been God sent just for me today. Thanks for sharing.
It is encouraging to know that, although we may not always know in this life who's lives we're influencing, God is working through is when we just live for Him. We need to be intentional though, so that our Christian influence is for good and not for evil.
God bless!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, Thanks for sharing about Javier! What a joy. Love you, Marty

Blogger Fields of gold said...

Thanks so much y'all for your sweet thoughts! I can only imagine the amazing party the angels have when they rejoice over one who turns from sin!! You've made this such a special day for me!!

Love, Sam

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