Planting SEEDs of Faith
Share, Equip, Empower, Deploy
Planting seeds of faith is done not by us but by the Holy Spirit through us. We are all called to live out our faiths in authentic ways so that we give all glory to God. As we go about our lives we encounter those who are not Christians. How we interact with them gives witness to Jesus Christ. Some we build friendships with and thereby share the faith with him more personally and intentionally.
It is in these relationships where we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to nurture the seed of faith. But how do we do that? What if I’m not even sure how to tell my own faith story? What if I stumble?
Have no fear. Don’t worrying. The burden is not on you. The Holy Spirit is tending to the person’s heart, preparing it to openly receive the Gospel message and grow in faith. Your job is to walk alongside one another modeling the life of a disciple. The best part is you have others to learn from and model after.
Each disciple, follower or student, of Jesus Christ is called to share his faith with others. It means not just telling your faith story but modeling how a disciple lives one’s life and faces adversities. Sharing in a verbal and non-verbal communication form. As a disciple you demonstrate how one lives and acts so another is able to watch and learn from your example.
“The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.” Mark 5:14
Sharing one’s faith story is the beginning to planting and nurturing SEEDs of faith. A disciple of Jesus Christ looks to equip another to learn how to share and serve others. They walk together serving side by side so that the newer disciple learns by watching and asking questions.
Jesus modeled this teaching method with the 12 Disciples. He showed them how to teach and serve. He explained to them what He was doing and let them try for themselves.
One needs to be Equipped in sharing and serving before going out. Think of it as a coaching time learning from an experienced one. A time of practicing alongside one who already knows the ropes.
As one practices the new skills and mindset there will be a natural progression towards Empowerment. A newer disciple of Jesus Christ will become more confident in ability. The focus will move toward him doing on own with support and encouragement from the elder disciple. Being empowered is key to sending one out to ministry. It solidifies confidence and show support.
“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” 2 Timothy 1:3-5
Finally every disciple is called to serve and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some are called to remain where she lives. Others are called to move and serve in another place. Regardless of where the Holy Spirit leads one to serve each disciple is Deployed. It is here a disciple is commissioned and sent out to serve. The newer disciple is equipped and empowered to go and tell to others, to serve faithfully and share with those who have not heard yet. The SEEDs of faith continue on to the next ‘generation’ of disciples. It is not an ending but the next beginning.
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-19