10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10
We are all too familiar with the phrase ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. It was applicable for the actual city and every part of one’s life, including those relationships we try and cultivate in hopes of bringing about a change – a journey we can help them establish with the Lord.
When it comes to planting those seeds of change in the lives of the men and women we come into contact with, we can’t take the approach of just rushing in and throwing a whole bunch of seeds (God’s Holy Word) everywhere, hoping it will land on good soil. If this is going to be our approach, then we will find, when looking back, that many of those seeds we have sown in hopes to bring about good change would have landed on soil that wasn’t ready.
Instead the Lord calls each one of us to take the time to work the ground (establish a healthy line of communication), plant the seeds at the right moment when the soil is ready to receive it (ceasing the opportunities presented to us) and then to nurture it (following up in a caring manner) and leave the rest up to the Lord.
This takes time, patience and yes, much intention from our side. Every person we try and establish a connection with responds best when we think long term, working towards a friendship relationship. I think the reason many are so sceptical about receiving the good news, comes back to the fact that many before them never really took an interest in their well-being.
All those before you might have only come with a dumping mentality, where they dumped the truth on that particular individual and left the rest in their care. No follow up, no care, just dump and move on. Thinking this is a good strategy is the equivalent of a farmer just going to a random field and throwing seeds everywhere expecting a harvest at the appointed time.
No farmer thinks in this way. In fact, to them it would have been a costly expense and valuable time wasted. To a farmer, it is all about the timing and effort, including the most cost effective way of handling the seed they have received.
We as born again believers have been given the holy Word of God, good seed that is able to bring about such an incredible change in the lives of any individual. The way we go about distributing these seeds, however, makes all the difference.
I’m sure the men and the rulers who were building Rome desired to see it come to fruition in their lifetime. Sadly, many of them only got to see a form of Rome, nothing as spectacular as we know today. It has taken many years, centuries and millenniums to get it to where it is today. I have never been there but I believe it is breath-taking.
It never came about in a short period of time, it took time and effort. Let us be sure to treat every individual we come across in the same way – keeping Rome in mind!
Heavenly Father. I only find myself where I do today because You have taken the time to build a lasting relationship with me, taking Your time and not rushing the results. Help me keep this same principle in mind as I build relationships, with the hopes of change and a lasting relationship with those around me. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.