Any Time, Any Place
ANY TIME, ANY PLACE
There are a lot of things we may not understand about sowing the seed of the Kingdom and reaping a soul harvest, but Scripture tells us that it is God who gives the harvest. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God gave the increase.” (1 Cor. 3:6)
God’s harvest can be found in the most unexpected places, places we never imagined and could not have anticipated. This New Testament principle is repeated many times in Scripture…
- Traveling from Judea to Samaria, Jesus stopped at Jacob’s well for a drink of water. There He encountered the Samaritan woman and sowed the Kingdom seed resulting in the conversion of an entire village. (John 4)
- While praying, Ananias received directions leading to the conversion of one who would become an apologist, missionary and apostle; “Arise, go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul.” (Acts 9:11)
- Philip, the evangelist was told, “Go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (Acts 8:26). His sowing resulted in the conversion of an Ethiopian governmental official.
- Peter found an unexpected open door to the Gentiles when he responded to a vision in his sleep. (Acts 10)
- The providence of God drew Paul and Silas to a riverside in Philippi, where a group of women had gathered for prayer. The Lord opened the heart of Lydia with marvelous results. (Acts 16:11-16)
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM THESE NARRATIVES?
- Those who plant must never be afraid to go where others have never gone before. Jesus, Philip, Peter and Paul were planting on virgin ground. Any farmer knows that virgin soil is the most productive.
- We must be ready to go regardless of what we are doing. Philip was involved in a great work in Samaria, yet he left it in favor of reaching one man on a lonely dusty road.
- Never fear, God is with us. Ananias was paralyzed when asked to go seek out Saul of Tarsus. He knew who Saul was, yet God said, go for this man is mine. We never know what God has planned for those we may touch with the message.
- We must not allow prejudice to stop us. Jesus was not concerned with the color of the woman’s skin or her religious preconception. Peter was told, don’t call unclean that which God has made clean.
- Understand that the providence of God is always at work. Jesus, Paul and Silas were in the right place at the right time. God knows when the soil is right and the grain is ripe for harvesting. Ours is to understand that He needs us to plant and water and not excuse ourselves from doing such.
- Evangelism can take place any time, any place, not just in our church buildings. We can plant and water at the grocery store, in the bank, on the golf course, at work, and around our neighborhoods. Jesus was not crucified in a church building between a few pews, a pulpit and a baptistery, but on a cross between two thieves, a place of the skull, and where the masses could be witness to it. Therefore, our evangelistic efforts shouldn’t be contained to a building, but we need to raise the cross at any time and in any place.
Some may sow and reap by the hundreds or thousands. Others, like Ruth of old, may glean only by the handfuls, but every person’s soul is precious in His eyes. Know that God has placed each of us at a strategic place in His field to plant and to water so he can give increase. “Are you sowing the seed of the Kingdom, Brother…”
With Brotherly Affection - Andy