The Garden Club

13 Mar

Read: Ephesians 4:1-16

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

– Matthew 28:19 NIV

 

I was hired for one purpose and one alone: to sign customers up for the free Garden Advantage Club.  I was to sit at a table by the door, wait for each client to grab a cart, then ask them if they’d like to join.

It wasn’t a difficult task.  The club was designed to offer discounts on select products throughout the year as well as keep track of the bonus bucks that were earned with each purchase.  As an added benefit, the store would also track the receipts of club members.  (This was a major advantage, since the garden center guaranteed most of its product, but wouldn’t take returns or issue refunds without a receipt.) As customers signed up, I told them about our special Member Discount Days, our series of advanced member seminars, and the special members-only newsletter.

I was in the process of explaining the program to a potential member, but appeared to be losing the battle when another customer looked up from the pop-cooler she’d been rummaging in and began to explain how she, personally, had benefited from the club!  Within seconds, my potential member became an actual member.

The Bible tells us that some Christians are gifted as evangelists.  A bit like me, their spiritual task is to clearly present the benefits of the Christian faith to anyone who might be interested.  Their work, however, is incomplete without the help of other believers who are willing to simply and honestly share their own experiences as Christ followers.  Like my customer, their readiness to present how they have benefitted from their relationship with God can make the difference between someone else walking away, or placing their faith in the only One who can save their soul!

Challenge:  This week, look for opportunities to step out and share your own experience with Christ.  You’re sure to make a difference!

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3 Responses to “The Garden Club”

  1. Joyce March 14, 2013 at 11:43 #

    One must also be willing to hear what you have to say. If not, you are bothering them and should respect their wishes to be left alone.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/03/dogs-make-difference.html

  2. Daron Henson March 21, 2013 at 13:16 #

    I also enjoyed this article. However, my belief is that Christianity bounds the limitations of spiritualism. With a open mind, spirituality can be found in words, thoughts, and ideas that can create in ourselves better people and can be found in a host of other places.

    • acgheen March 21, 2013 at 13:58 #

      Thanks for the feedback, Daron! While I do hold to the belief that Christianity possesses the sum of all truth (an exclusive claim common to many religions, including universalism which exclusively possesses the truth that all religions are true), I do believe that much truth is evident in other systems of belief. For example, I believe there is one self-existent governing creator: a truth held in common with Judaism and Islam. I believe that we have a responsibility to care for the earth. Buddhists and Wiccans would agree. I think you are entirely correct in observing that there is much that those of different backgrounds can learn from one another and to reject someone simply because they do not share one’s faith perspective is indeed a mistake! Blessings, A. C.

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