EARTH: Spreading The Good News by Francine Rivers

Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature

Spreading The Good News by Francine Rivers

From: Earth Psalms

Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. (Matthew 28:19-20)

When I was a child, I loved to pick fuzzy, fluffy dandelions. I’d blow the seeds and watch them drift away on the breeze. Then I’d run to pick another flower. We lived in the country, and it didn’t matter if a gazillion dandelion seeds were scattered hither and yon. But in a neighborhood with pristine lawns, blowing dandelion seeds might get you in trouble with the friends next door who spent hours digging up weeds. The truth is, dandelions are designed to spread. A windy day can scatter plenty of seeds even without a little girl’s help.

Another plant that spreads easily is the tumbleweed.  It begins with a small seed taking root in dry ground, and it grows from the nutrients and moisture available.  Then, drying out and dying, it breaks free from its roots and tumbles along with the wind, casting its seeds as it rolls.

Like dandelions and tumbleweeds, our faith begins with a small seed planted by another.  God provides the light and living water, allowing the seed to grow.  Then we die to self and break loose from our worldly bonds, allowing the Holy Spirit to take us where God wills so that we can spread the Good News.  Our words and actions are the seeds God plants, waters, and brings to new life.

If we wonder whether we’re capable of spreading the gospel, Paul’s words to the Corinthians can encourage us.  The believers in Corinth had been arguing about which disciple they followed – Paul, Peter, or another preacher named Apollos.  Paul let them know that ultimately, it didn’t matter which disciple had first shared the message or had the biggest influence.  He wrote, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.  It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.  What’s important is that God makes the seed grow,” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).  We are not responsible for other people’s spiritual growth.  We’re responsible for our own faithfulness in letting ourselves be used by God, in letting the wind of the Holy Spirit move us where we need to be.  We have the privilege of letting people know there is a wonderful future for those who believe in Jesus, and that Heaven awaits.

Be a dandelion.  Be a tumbleweed.  Spread the Good News.

The work of the church is not survival.  She exists to fulfill the Great Commission. (Brother Andrew)

REFLECT

Who has been a Paul or Apollos in your life?  How did they spread seeds of faith?  What lessons can take you from them as you consider how God can use you to spread his Good News?

APPLY

This week, tell God that you are willing to be used by him.  Pray that you would have a sensitivity to his Spirit – that you would go where he wants you to go and say what he wants you to say.  Pray for the seeds for the gospel to be spread.

CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord God, I want to be like a dandelion or tumbleweed, ready to be moved by the wind of your Holy Spirit.  Teach me to be responsive to your leading, trusting in what you are asking me to do.  When you give me an opportunity, may I always be willing to share with others the good news of who you are and what you have done.

We will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
(Psalm 78:4)

 

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