Read: Luke 8:4-15
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
– Luke 8:8b NIV
My favorite encounters during the sign up period for our garden club were with the stalwart women who formed the core of our nursery’s faithful. They wouldn’t have dreamed of buying their flowers from anyone, but us. They came in twice a week, collected bonus dollars, and demanded that all gifts given to them by their family and friends be in the form of gift certificates to the nursery. It didn’t matter if the chain stores offered the product at a lesser price: we were the store for them.
Because of this, they were more than eager to take a few minutes to hear what I had to say to them about our new program. Each one recognized the benefits that they had received as one of our customers, but now they had the opportunity to be a member. Instead of drawing generic benefits which ranged from knowledgeable staff to quality product, they now had access to the inside scoop through members-only classes and special discounts. The deal was irresistible and it was not uncommon for me to have several of them crowding around the table at once, all reaching for pens and registration forms.
As Christians, we often encounter a similar response to the offer of membership in God’s family. While there are many people who are quick to reject the Gospel or hesitant to consider it, there are many more who, like these ladies, have already experienced its benefits. Whether they’ve seen the way that Biblical principles have affected the way they were treated by a Christian employer or have experienced the love of a believing neighbor, they know that a relationship with Christ has the power to dramatically change lives and benefit society. And they’re ready to take the plunge.
Challenge: The next time someone rejects your attempts to share the Gospel message, take a look around. Every Christian you know chose to accept it. And there are many more out there just like us, waiting to hear the Good News!