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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

God can use all circumstances in your life to plant a seed in someone else who needs Jesus in their life

A Covenant Prayer
“Put Me to Doing” – Part II

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:21-29

Key Verse: Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

A major part of doing the will of the Father in Heaven is sowing seeds of the Gospel wherever we go.

Read The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23.

The farmer in Jesus’s parable sows seed everywhere he walks.

We are like the farmer, sowing seeds about God’s love and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.

There are many ways in which we can sow seeds, and these ways do not include preaching to people. Planting a seed can be anything from a kind deed to telling someone how you came to Christ. Planting a seed may be the way we go through trials and suffering.

God can use all our life circumstances to plant a seed in someone who is watching our actions and listening to our words.

In the parable, some of the seeds fell on a hard path. Birds snatched away these seeds and did not produce crops.

Sometimes our seed planting is to people who reject any effort on our part to share the love of God. God’s plan respects the free will of mankind to accept or reject Him. God could force everyone to follow Him but that would be more like a “state” religion rather than a true relationship with a loving God. We must never stop throwing seeds but realize that some will not produce good results.

Jesus describes another result that can come from freely sowing seeds:

“The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)

These two verses remind us that seeing someone come to Christ is only the beginning of the process. A new believer needs help to grow strong in the Lord or the trials of life can destroy the work that God started in their lives.

Jesus never told His followers to go make converts. Jesus told us to go make disciples. Making disciples means teaching converts what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Never sacrifice the truth of what it means to follow Jesus to achieve large numbers of converts.

Father, help me to sow seeds wherever I go today. Help me to make the most of every opportunity You give me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.