Trusting in God for Growth – Hampton Harmon

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week, I received a text from a friend whom I hadn’t talked to in a few months. He told me that some things were going on in his life, and that he wanted to make Jesus the Lord of his life. Naturally, I was excited about this, and when I met with him a couple of days later in Russell House, he prayed and asked Jesus into his life. During our conversation, he said something really cool. In the midst of all the hardship he had been going through, he had remembered the faith of a few of his friends, and the small conversations we had had the year before.

Sometimes, we don’t realize the impact we are having when we share the Gospel, or even just walk in a life of faith. We talk about Jesus with our non-believing friends and we think, “This is going nowhere, and they probably think I’m some sort of Bible-thumper, so I should shut up before I look really crazy.” Honestly, I felt that way a lot of times last year with this particular friend. I thought that the seeds planted were all they would ever be, and I missed out on opportunities to trust in God’s sovereignty.

Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in things hoped for, and assurance of what we do not see.” As Christians who share the Gospel, we hope for new brothers and sisters in the Kingdom. When we plant seeds of the Gospel through conversation and lifestyle, we cannot begin to imagine what God has planned for the people involved. What we can do is trust in God to “cause the growth”, and to bring the dead into life. (1 Corinthians 3:6). In trusting him, we not only keep his commandment to do so, but we also grow in our own faith, having hoped in God’s perfect will that none should perish.

In the case of my friend, seeds planted and forgotten about became fully grown plants rooted in salvation. This is a triumph in my life, and a cause of celebration. I thank the Lord that he doesn’t forget about the seeds that are planted, but remembers and causes growth for His glory. We, as stewards of the Gospel, should remember the God we serve is faithful to do what he has promised.

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